Monday, October 14, 2013

House GOP Rigged Rules To Stop Majority Vote To End Shutdown

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) drew attention to the fact that prior to the government shutdown, Republican members of the House Rules Committee trumped House Rule 22, which allowed any House member to bring to the floor a continuing resolution to fund and open the government. Under the new House Rule 368, that right now solely belongs to House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). Van Hollen attempted a motion for the House to vote on opening the government, asking Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), presiding over the chamber, "The Rules Committee, under the rules of the House, changed the standing rules of the House to take away the right of any member to move to vote to open the government, and gave that right exclusively to the Republican Leader. Is that right?" Chaffetz affirmed that the Committee did just. When Van Hollen asked why the rules were rigged to maintain the shutdown,  Chaffetz said, "The gentleman will suspend." Van Hollen replied, "Democracy has been suspended, Mr. Speaker." Watch:

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