House Rules Committee is "Out of Order"
By Congressman Pete Sessions Posted in Congress | Congressional Contributors — Comments (8) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
“Out of Order” – A sign that deserves to be hung across the doors of the procedurally-bankrupt House Rules Committee.
Originally designed to determine House floor legislative business and to enforce the Rules that protect the integrity of the legislative process, the Democrat-controlled Rules Committee now represents a complete breakdown of debate, decorum, and deliberation for the House of Representatives.
And my Republican colleagues and I on the Rules Committee have had enough.
Today, we are releasing a report that outlines the widening chasm between the new Democrat Majority’s promises to lead the “most honest, ethical and transparent Congress in history” and the reality of the 110th Congress.
Read on . . .
Our report, entitled “Out of Order,” details a Democrat Rules Committee operated by partisan advantage, invoking the following heavy-handed tactics:
• Rewriting bills to include massive tax increases and Medicare cuts with no debate.
• Rejecting more Minority-sponsored amendments than the previous Congress.
• Issuing more than double the number of closed rules prohibiting amendments than the previous Congress.
• Reducing by an entire day the amount of time Members have to review legislation and submit amendments for consideration.
• Adopting a policy of turning some Members of Congress away at the door of the Committee when they attempt to submit amendments.
• Abandoning its pledges for regular order in the House by jamming through huge bills with less than 24 hours for review.
In a desperate effort to keep the legislative process from seeing the light of day, the Democrat Majority have repeatedly waived long-standing precedent and transparency measures. The result has been a disorganized and chaotic House as the Majority party has proven that political expediency is the Democrat’s #1 virtue.
This chaos is the product of a Democrat Majority that is willing to undermine Members’ ability to represent their constituents—effectively disenfranchising the representation of 46 percent of our nation. While they have the votes to run the House however they choose, my Democrat Rules Committee colleagues should end the triumph of politics over policy that has led to a sloppy process and sloppy results.
The American people deserve better.
To view the “Out of Order” report, please visit http://rules-republicans.house.gov