Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Democrat meltdown

The Democrats made a lot of promises to get elected in 2006. They are currently in the process of breaking of them.

This is an embarrassing time to be a Democrat.

Promises should be kept.

The Democrats managed to complete the items they wanted to complete in the first "100 hours."

One of their main promises was to modify the rules for lobbyists and the rules for "earmarks." Neither has been changed and business has continued as usual.

Another one of their promises was that they would listen to the minority. They broke this rule during their first 100 hours and many local Democrats justified it as being necessary.

The Drudge Report has a frightening developing story that had better prove untrue; otherwise, The Democrats are likely to lose their majority.


After losing a string of embarrassing votes on the House floor because of procedural maneuvering, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has decided to change the current House Rules to completely shut down the floor to the minority. The Democratic Leadership is threatening to change the current House Rules regarding the Republican right to the Motion to Recommit or the test of germaneness on the motion to recommit.

This would be the first change to the germaneness rule since 1822.

In protest, the House Republicans are going to call procedural motions every half hour.


I am especially looking forward to reading Jeff Pruitt's comment on this.

I hope other Democrats and liberals chime in.

It looks to me as if Nancy Pelosi is trying to set herself up as a Dictator. Lets hope Drudge is wrong.

Mike Sylvester


Jeff Pruitt said...

I don't put any credence into sourceless stories put forward by Drudge and neither should you.

Besides I'm pretty sure Pelosi changed the germaneness rule to make it more minority-friendly at the beginning of her term as speaker - I'll double check that to be sure. If so, then that means the rule has certainly changed since 1822...

LP Mike Sylvester said...


We shall see.

I specifically said in my post I did not know if Drudge was right; however, he is often right...

Mike Sylvester

Jeff Pruitt said...

Ok that didn't take long, as expected Drudge is reporting inaccurate information.

The truth is the Democrats enacted broader germaneness provisions when they enacted the pay-as-you-go strategy. And now the Republicans are using this new loophole to offer up ammendments that are completely unrelated to the bills that are being debated.

It sounds like the Democrats are now looking at ways to close the loophole THAT THEY OPENED so that the Republican party quits obstructing the legislative process.

Again, the Republicans are clearly ABUSING this new germaneness provision.

Read for yourself from Roll Call:

House Democrats May Alter Rules on Motions

By Jennifer Yachnin
Roll Call Staff

March 28, 2007

Angered over recent Republican success in forcing difficult votes on the House floor, Democratic leaders plan to revisit new spending rules in an attempt to close a loophole that has aided the minority in those efforts.

In recent weeks, Republicans have succeeded in winning seven motions to recommit, procedural motions that allow the minority to add last-minute provisions to legislation and even forced the majority last week to delay consideration of a bill that would provide a full-fledged House seat to the District of Columbia moments before a scheduled vote.

“It’s been an incredible morale booster for the Republican Conference,” said one GOP aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Democratic frustration is palpable.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) blamed the GOP’s recent success, at least in part, on broader germaneness provisions adopted when Democrats reinstituted “pay-as-you-go” spending guidelines in the House rules at the start of the 110th Congress.

Those spending guidelines, which require any new expenses to be offset, have opened some legislation, such as the D.C. Voting Rights bill, to modifications that previously would not have been allowed. In that instance, Republicans offered a motion to abolish the city’s long-standing handgun ban, prompting Democrats to pull the bill from the floor.

“We find ourselves in a position where we need to address that or we’re going to be on every bill, whether it’s a water bill, a D.C. Voting Rights bill … [subject] to an amendment that is totally unrelated to the substance of the bill,” Hoyer said at a Tuesday press conference. “We don’t think that’s appropriate. We don’t think that serves the legislative process, and we’re going to address that.”

Anonymous said...

Democrates and Republicans are just 2 sides of the same coin.
I remember an very old AvalonHill game or was it 3M, "Lie, Cheat and Steal", It was all about being a politician.
Sorry to digress, what this country needs is everyone to remember their civics and gov't class. Everyone needs to participate in Gov't, not sit at home and watch the idiot box/mind control device. It is our responsiblity to be educated about what our gov't is doing. Instead we consume and consume caring very little for anyone else besides ME!

Now back to your normally schedueled blog.


Craig said...

I think the best thing Democrats can do is to ignore Matt Drudge and "Libertarians" who usually support Republicans.

Tim Zank said...

Sage advice from "Irrelevant & Free". Priceless....

Robert Enders said...

Craig, the key word here is "usually". A lot of us voted for Hayhurst last year. If its a close election and there is no Libertarian running, it is a good idea for both candidates to try to woo us.

Ron Paul is Wacko said...

Mike, like your 58 questions, things don't happen overnight.

The Democrats passed the 100 Hours agenda in a few weeks. That is remarkable for amount and scope of those bills.

The Democrats also enacted Pay-Go Legislation. That means things must be paid for before they become law. A great idea in my mind.

Democrats also passed a travel and gift ban during the first week of the new Congress. I expect them to pass a comprehensive lobbying reform bill soon.

You are Mr. Status I assume you were satisfied with the "do nothing" Republican Congress.

Anonymous said...

Pretty impressive Mikey:

1. We will start by cleaning up Congress, ending the link between lobbyists and legislation.
H.Res. 6, Title II, "Adopting the Rules of the House of Representatives for the One Hundred Tenth Congress." passed 430-1, Jan. 4th, 2007

2.We will commit to pay-as-you-go, no new deficit spending.
H.Res. 6, Title IV, "Adopting the Rules of the House of Representatives for the One Hundred Tenth Congress." passed 280-152, Jan. 5th, 2007

3. We will make our nation safer by implementing the recommendations of the independent, bipartisan 9/11 Commission.
H.R. 1, "Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007." passed 299-128, Jan. 9th, 2007

4. We will make our economy fairer, and start by raising the minimum wage. We will not pass a pay raise for Congress until there is an increase in the minimum wage.
H.R. 2, "Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007." passed 315-116, Jan. 10th, 2007

5. We will promote stem cell research to offer real hope to the millions of American families who suffer from devastating diseases.
H.R. 3, "Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act." passed 253-174, Jan. 11th, 2007

6. We will make health care more affordable for all Americans, and we will begin by fixing the Medicare prescription drug program, putting seniors first by negotiating lower drug prices.
H.R. 4, "Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act." passed 255-170, Jan.

7. We will broaden college opportunity, and we will begin by cutting interest rates for student loans in half.
H.R. 5, "College Student Relief Act of 2007." passed 356-71, Jan. 17th, 2007

8. We will energize America by achieving energy independence, and we will begin by rolling back the multi-billion dollar subsidies for Big Oil.
H.R. 6, "Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation Act." passed 264-163, Jan. 18th, 2007

Robert Enders said...

Anonymous 9:14,
There are things that the Democrats did that we support, like the pay-go legislation and the ending of oil subsidies. And there are somethings that we disagree with.

However, the purpose of this post was to criticize the Democrats'
proposed changes to legislative procedure, not their policies. There will be plenty of time to attack their policies later.

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