365 Days of Writing – Day 290 – Back in the US


I wasn’t quite back in the US physically but I was in other ways.  Waiting for my flight at the Munich airport, I shameless eavesdropped on a family listening to a portion of a discussion about HR368 on their iPad.

Essentially, the way the rules had stood any member could call for a vote on the continuing resolution – to re-open the government.  However, to make sure that the house didn’t get the opportunity to vote, the Republicans changed the rules.  Per HR368 ONLY the majority leader, Eric Cantor, could call for a vote.

Here’s what the Huffington Post posted:

Though at least 28 House Republicans have publicly said they would support a clean CR if it were brought to the floor — enough votes for the government to reopen when combined with Democratic support — a House rule passed just before the shutdown essentially prevents that vote from taking place.

During a floor speech on Saturday, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) drew attention to the quietly passed rule when he attempted to present a motion to accept the Senate’s clean continuing resolution and reopen the government.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), presiding over the chamber, told Van Hollen that the rule he was asking to use had been “altered” and he did not have the privilege of bringing that vote to the floor. In the ensuing back and forth, Chaffetz said the recently passed House Resolution 368 trumped the standing rules. Where any member of the House previously could have brought the clean resolution to the floor under House Rule 22, House Resolution 368 — passed on the eve of the shutdown — gave that right exclusively to the House majority leader, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia.

In the discussion that ensued, the Republicans were asked if they had changed the rules. Instead of admitting what is patently obvious, the Republicans prevaricated.

I realize that Democrats are as guilty of bending the rules to suit their own purposes as well.

I’m just sick and tired of both parties at this point, but mostly the Republicans.

Yes, they will avoid the government from defaulting, yippee, but only until January when all this will start up yet again.

When are our elected officials going to get it that we want them to do their jobs – to keep the government running and to stop with the partisanship already!

The more time I spend away from the US the less I like what I come home to.  We used to be held as an example of a strong country, one which knew how to resolve conflicts and rise above the types of issues which for the past decade have been weighing us down.







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