Skip to comments.House Democrats Change Rules to Silence GOP
Posted on 01/08/2009 6:00:18 AM PST by Sopater
Shift could create 'the most closed Congress in history.'
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has brought back archaic procedures in order to silence conservatives.
On Tuesday, the full House passed the Rules Package for the 111th Congress, 242-181. The changes limit the GOP's ability to use procedural rules like the Motion to Recommit, which is the last opportunity for the minority party to amend a bill before it passes.
The new rules consolidate power in the hands of a few and attempt to silence Republican input on key policy debates, in addition to making a mockery of the Democratic leaders' promises of presiding over an open Congress," Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said in a statement.
In the last Congress, Republicans were able to block some of the Democrats tax increases using a Motion to Recommit.
California Rep. David Dreier, ranking Republican on the House Rules Committee, called Pelosi's changes an "act of pure cynicism," according to The Washington Times. He said the changes will create "the most closed Congress in history."
Tom McClusky, vice president for government affairs at FRC Action, agreed.
"It severely limits the democratic process in the House," he said, "and doesnt allow the minority to speak out on a number of issues where they represent a large amount of the American public.
The House also repealed a rule limiting committee chairmen to three terms as head of a committee.
The true ‘change’ that 0bama promised. To quote Rahm from a few years back ‘Republicans can go **** themselves’.
When things screwup they cant blame the Republicians.
They can, and they will, and the media will cheer. The sheeple will believe the media because they can’t “lie on television”.
I really don't see the big problem here. To the victor go the spoils. Perhaps the GOP will need to move to win back a majority in 2010. Of course, if it does manage to do that, it will probably reinstate all of these rules "out of fairness."
Wait! THe Republicans didn’t do that to the Democrats when they were a minority! What gives? Aren’t the Democrats going to play nice and be “bipartisan” like the Republicans did?!
Republicans = the tweedleDUMB party
This is exactly the change the One hoped for.
They will ALWAYS blame the Republicans. They’re VICTIMS without any personal responsibility...remember?
Support candidates who run against Reid and Pelosi.
Whoever has the power to make the rules and designs the structure will determine those who can participate and ultimately will determine what the outcome will be.
***When things screwup they cant blame the Republicians***
They will be arguing that “Bush did it” for the next 20 years.
“...I pray to God for Justice.”
always!!! but remember when you are out in your boat and a storm is approaching, “pray to God but row toward shore.” - which is great theology - and politics.
don’t just let it happen - do something!!!
So why did the Rinos bend over and spread-em when they were in the majority? Are the democrats the only ones who know how to take advantage of being the majority party?
This is great news. When republicans were running things they shared the power. Well I hope the twits learn something in case they ever get a second chance. But I doubt they will.
The GOP should have silenced the Democrats, thereby silencing their constituents? Yeah, THAT’S real Constitutional. Leave it to a “true conservative” to state an idea like that.
I sent a pretty harsh e-mail to my local House rep. It won’t do any good, but I did let off a little steam.
And why is that a bad idea, provided that it is indeed Constitutional? Since these are simply House Rules changes I highly doubt there would be a problem constitutionally.
During the time the GOP ran Congress, the Democrats were given a say. Look where it got the GOP.
Next there will be a separate chamber for the Republicans so they can’t even listen as new taxes are passed. They will receive a summary report within 24 hours.
Hardly any need to put things to a vote anymore, is there?
Bob Michel is gone, the RiNO's are gradually extinguishing themselves.
Bring back Newt. He won't make any more mistakes in dealing with those people. Just don't make him Speaker -- he was wasted as Speaker of the House.
Newt needs to have some other sort of factional pulpit, like maybe RNCC. Giving everyone a fair show and keeping the House moving, as Speaker, and prosecuting the platform of the GOP are two often non-overlapping suites of responsibility.
Marxism at it's best!
I agree. Looks like some on here want the GOP to act like the socialist Dems which will never happen. Makes me wonder about some of these "true conservatives" and their lack of knowledge about how the Congress should operate.
The democrats’ lust for power is ungovernable and unlimited. Now that they have a total lock on the government, I think we’re going to see soem really crazy, third-world type stuff.
Like locking all Republicans out of the chambers of Congress. They could say that since there aren’t enough Republicans left to affect the passage of legislation, there’s no reason for them to even come to work anymore.
They may even declare that the Republican party is an illegal organization because they “supported war crimes,” or some other canard.
Hang on, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
If the republicans were smart enough not to vote with them, but you watch, the democrats will drag a little pork down the isles and the republicans will jump on it like a pack of wild dogs.
Let’s see how widely this gets reported by the MSM! Not! Keep moving, nothing to see here!
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So will a large percentage of Freepers.
Personally, I'm missing President Bush already and he isn't gone yet!
You got my vote.
Pastor voted “Nay”? I’ll be darned.
Next time some Republican like New Gingrich proposes to change the rules in favor of fairness, it should be pointed out that fairness is partisan, and so is only for Republicans; because Democrats will not reciprocate.
Instead, when next the Republicans are in power, they should tighten the rules further, to escalate against the Democrats until they squeal, because they are locked out of power.
It’s called payback.
I wouldn't blame the Republicans if they decided to just walk out and let the Dems have Congress! At least, when things get so screwed up, there would only be one party to blame. That is the only way we will ever overcome the bias media coverage that excoriates Republicans for every conceivable action. At the same time, they either praise every move the Dems make or totally ignore the things that bring negative light to their "chosen ones".
“And why is that a bad idea, provided that it is indeed Constitutional? Since these are simply House Rules changes I highly doubt there would be a problem constitutionally.”
I disagree. Each citizen of the U.S. has a right to full representation. Even though these are House rules, they are being applied unevenly. Pelosi is basically saying that Democrat constituents can have full representation, but Republican constituents cannot. If she is going to make rules, they should be made equally for all members. She shouldn’t have the power to cut off full representation to one segment of the voting citizenry.
EXACTLY. "Reaching across the aisles" only applies when the Democrats are out of power. I am so sick of these damned wussy Republicans - we have no one left to speak for Middle America.