Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi
She’s only been in power for about 4 months but like a bull in a China cabinet she has managed to break up the already frayed working relationships in the House of Representatives.
Frustrated that the House is not a dictatorship Nancy Pelosi signaled that she would act to make it one and in an outrageous authoritarian act moved to change House rules that have been in place since 1822.
The house rules that Pelosi as decided to change are current House rules regarding the minority party’s right to the Motion to recommit or the test of germaneness on the motion to recommit.
It is called the Germaneness Rule, which gives the minority party the ability to challenge provisions in a bill on the floor. What this rule does is it insures that the no bill is brought up for vote in the House that the minority has not been able to read
According to the Drudge Report this Pelosi’s decision to change the 185-year rule developed after Democrats continued to lose a string of embarrassing votes on the House floor because of procedural maneuvering. Democrats had bragged that a new Congress was in town and things were going to be different.
So according to Drudge Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has decided to change the current House Rules to completely shut down the floor to the minority. Dictatorship instead of democracy I’d say that, that is definitely different Ms. Pelosi!
Mind you, the Democrats were in the minority recently for twelve years and the Republican Majority did not even think to enact such a draconian measure.
“This is an astonishing attempt by the majority leadership to duck accountability for tax-and-spend policies the American people do not want.”
“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 Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio)
Pelosi has shown panache to travel halfway across the world to speak with enemies of the United States, it is indeed surprising that she cannot negotiate or talk to fellow American Congresspersons.
No doubt Democrats would be crying through the media if the situation were reversed and the media would be calling the Republicans the second coming of the third Reich but this Democrat deconstruction of American democracy will be reported as a mere bending of the rules by the Democrats at the least or some Republican threat to shut down the government at worst.
Understand that this act by a Pelosi lead Democrat control House of Representatives is typical of a tyrannical and ideological run political party that wishes to force its beliefs on the American people at the cost of destroying the American institution of democracy in order to achieve the Democrat’s goal of power and control in America.