House Resolution 958. This is known as "martial law" in Congressional slang. What this resolution does is suspend the normal rules so that bills can be brought out of conference and brought to the floor without allowing a 24 hour time period for lobbyists, Congressmen, Congressional staff, think tanks, and regular Americans to read the bills before they are voted on by Congress.
When this Resolution is passed then certain House Bills can come to the floor without the 24 hour time period outlined above being observed. When "martial law" is used it causes Congress to vote on Bills that they have not read and no one has had time to study at all.
House Resolution 958 was invoked THREE times yesterday by the Republicans.
House Resolution 958 is a despiciable and cheap parlimentary procedure that should be abolished.
I want Congress to read the bills they are voting on and I want them to stop playing games with us.
House Resolution 958 was voted into effect on Party lines yesterday. One Democrat voted with the Republicans and ALL REPUBLICANS voted to suspend the rules in an attempt to force through legislation that no had time to read.
I am sick and tired of The Republicans doing things like this. I remember back when they "claimed" that they would rule from a morale standpoint... It seems so long ago.
It is time to elect Libertarians.
I will vote for Libertarians when I can this election. If I am forced to vote for the lesser of two evils (One Republican verse one Democrat) I will have to look at each race individually. I will most likely vote against all incumbents unless I have a strong reason not to.
I am currently hoping the Democrats take control of either The Senate or The House.
I think we need gridlock at this point...
P.S. Mark Souder of course favored this cheap parlimentary trick...