Answer: there is no shame | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Answer: there is no shame

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Republicans are again ruling the day by branding a proposed method for House passage of health legislation as unparalleled, undemocratic trickery. For the record, from Norm Ornstein:

In the last Congress that Republicans controlled, from 2005 to 2006, Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier used the self-executing rule more than 35 times, and was no stranger to the concept of “deem and pass.” That strategy, then decried by the House Democrats who are now using it, and now being called unconstitutional by WSJ editorialists, was defended by House Republicans in court (and upheld). Dreier used it for a $40 billion deficit reduction package so that his fellow GOPers could avoid an embarrassing vote on immigration. I don’t like self-executing rules by either party—I prefer the “regular order”—so I am not going to say this is a great idea by the Democrats. But even so—is there no shame anymore?

 


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