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May 17, 2007

Pelosi and Dem's Wanted To Rewrite House Rules, Rep.'s Say NO Way!

Democrats Attempt to change 186 year-old House Rules to Allow Tax Hikes Without Having a Vote

National Review
In a stunning move, House Democrats today revealed they will attempt to rewrite House rules that have gone unchanged since 1822 in order to make it possible to increase taxes and government spending without having to vote and be held accountable. House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today vowed Republicans will use every available means to fight this unprecedented change.

“This is an astonishing attempt by the majority leadership to duck accountability for tax-and-spend policies the American people do not want,” Boehner said. “The majority leadership is gutting House rules that have been in place for 185 years so they can raise taxes and increase government spending without a vote. House Republicans will use every tool available to fight this abuse of power.”

Last November, House Democratic leaders promised the most open, ethical Congress in history:

“We promised the American people that we would have the most honest and most open government and we will.” (Nancy Pelosi press stakeout, December 6, 2006)
“We intend to have a Rules Committee ... that gives opposition voices and alternative proposals the ability to be heard and considered on the floor of the House.” (Steny Hoyer in CongressDaily PM, December 5, 2006)

The rules House Democrats are seeking to change have not been changed since 1822.

Republicans have already achieved significant legislative successes on the House floor with 11 consecutive “motion-to-recommit” victories that exposed flaws and substantively improved weaknesses in underlying Democrat bills. But rather than living by the same rules which have guided the House of Representatives for 185 years, Democrats are proposing to change the rules in order to game the system and raise taxes and increase spending without a House vote. What are House Democrats afraid of?

UPDATE: from Eric Cantor, Chief Deputy Republican Whip
Link to his Blog

"House Democrats wanted to change the rules to make it easier to raise taxes. They wanted to hide their Members from a direct vote on the tough issues. They wanted to change rules on minority floor rights that have been in place since 1822. They failed.

Today, House Republicans stood united and successfully fought against the House Democrats’ ill-advised rule changes, by reducing all business on the House Floor to a crawl. We used a creative set of motions and other parliamentary techniques to bring the fight.

In the end, House Democrats lost and the American People won."

Wild Thing's comment........

I love how the Republicans stopped this insane idea.

"The Republican Study Committee Floor Action Team, under the leadership of Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), began requesting a series of procedural protest votes every 30 minutes in response to this power grab by the Majority, and was joined Rep. Tom Price, another member of the RSC floor Action Team."
---from Constitutionally Right


1. Open a new file folder in your computer.

2. Name it “Nancy Pelosi”

3. Send it to the trash.

4. Click “Empty the trash.”

5. Your PC will ask you, “Do you really want to get rid of “Nancy Pelosi?”

6. Firmly Click “Yes.”

7. Feel better.

PS: Next week you can do Hillary Rodham Clinton.

You deserve to feel GOOD!

Posted by Wild Thing at May 17, 2007 12:47 AM


Look at this supposed Catholic - who receives the Eucharist during Holy Communion while being pro-48 million abortions, pro-homosexuality and pro-gay marriage!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at May 17, 2007 04:13 AM

WT I am trying not to get pissed about this, you know why, but will be somewhat blunt.

I have a problem understanding this type of legislation. These scum sucking Democraps want to rewrite the rules so that they can raise taxes at will. The key word being "RAISE". Why isn't anyone in Washington interested in rewriting the rules so that taxes can be reduced at will? I think the citizens had better have a look at the shit bags that they chose to represent them in the Washington arena.

Posted by: John 5 at May 17, 2007 11:33 AM

This is what Democrats call democracy. It's the same policy in place in the governments of France, Germany, Sweden, Holland and Norway. They just want the US to be a little bit more like ....the former Soviet Union. So far the only recall initiatives I've heard in over 6 years has been from the left calling for Republicans to step down, it's obvious from the last election that not enough on the right give a damn.

Posted by: Jack at May 17, 2007 12:24 PM

And they claim to be for the poor and little guys of these United States. Yeah right, like I believe in the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy!
That's all they do is cost us more money and then wonder why there are so many people defaulting on loans, etc.
I'm glad we stopped it cold!
Good for us! We stood firm and resolute and got the job done!
We need to do more of this!

Posted by: Lynn at May 17, 2007 07:43 PM

Darth, yep your right.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 18, 2007 01:54 AM

John 5, I agree, well said.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 18, 2007 01:56 AM

Jack, I agree your right, I believe that with my whole heart. The truly want to destroy this country and all it has stood for.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 18, 2007 01:57 AM

Lynn I agree this needs to happen more often and just as strong as they responded to this on a regular bases would be great.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 18, 2007 01:59 AM