The Republicans are up to their dirty tricks again. Using arcane parliamentary procedures, the House Republicans have changed the standing rules of the House. The change prohibited anyone other than the Majority Leader or his designee from bringing up bills in question for a vote, and when Chris van Hollen, the Democrat Representative from Maryland’s 8th District, attempted to get clarification on the bill, he was given the run-around.
Van Hollen said that it suspended democracy in the House.
Van Hollen posted about the changes on Facebook, with an ominous addendum: the last time the Republicans pulled this trick, it was in October, during the government shutdown:
Something just happened on the House Floor that you should know about. Very late last night House Republicans quietly changed the standing rules of the House so that only the Majority Leader or his designee could bring up the bill in question for a vote. Sound familiar? The same tactic was used by the same people last October to shut down the government and keep it shut down. In other words, democracy has once again been suspended in the House of Representatives. SHARE this video if you’re sick of the sneaky, dead-of-night rule changes that have helped define this Republican Congress as the most-closed, least-transparent Congress on record.
Here’s Van Hollen’s facebook post.
Here’s the video from CSPAN below: