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Committee on Rules - Republicanshttp://rules-republicans.house.gov/News/Feed.aspxCommittee on Rules - Republicans, Process Foul60Dems Pledge “Spirited Debate” on Tax Hikes in the One Place They Can’t Lose – The Rules Committee&nbsp;http://rules-republicans.house.gov/ShortTopics/Read.aspx?ID=398As <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/15/more-democrats-break-with-obama-on-tax-cuts/">more and more</a> House Democrats publicly oppose the coming tax hikes being pushed by their own leadership, the Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee has pledged to hold a “spirited debate” in the one venue where the Majority is confident in their ability to rig the outcome – the House Rules Committee.Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:00:00 GMTPlaying the Shell Game: Democratic Rush to Judgment Leads to Sloppy Governance<br>http://rules-republicans.house.gov/ShortTopics/Read.aspx?ID=394Last week, the Speaker notified the House that she was using her emergency authority to call Members back to vote on an education “jobs” bill that the Washington Post called “an election-year favor for teachers unions” rather than a good use of taxpayer dollars. So what’s this important bill called? As it turns out, it’s called the “_______ Act of _______.”<br>Mon, 09 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMTDems’ Summer of Inaction, Disarray Draws to a Messy Close&nbsp;http://rules-republicans.house.gov/ShortTopics/Read.aspx?ID=393After <a href="http://rules-republicans.house.gov/ShortTopics/Read.aspx?ID=382">failing</a> to pass a budget and barely getting started on their appropriations work three months late, House Democrats left for the August break today in typically sloppy fashion.&nbsp; In their rush to look like they’re “doing something” to help small businesses suffering from their job-killing agenda or deal with the aftermath of the BP oil spill that occurred more than 100 days ago, the Majority further exposed their inability to “do anything” well.&nbsp; Running roughshod over their own <a href="http://www.speaker.gov/pdf/thebook.pdf">promises</a> of openness, transparency, and effectiveness, the Majority abused the use of the suspension process and ran afoul of their own earmark rules by filing an inaccurate bill report.Fri, 30 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMTDems’ Deeming Scheme Isn’t a Budget, It’s an Excusehttp://rules-republicans.house.gov/ShortTopics/Read.aspx?ID=382Unable and unwilling to perform the <a href="http://gopleader.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=184980">most basic responsibility</a> of governing, the Democratic Majority has instead put forward today a “budget enforcement resolution” that is long on self-congratulatory rhetoric and short on real fiscal responsibility.&nbsp; In reality, this “deeming scheme” does nothing to solve our nation’s fiscal crisis and actually tries to sell a <a href="http://republicans.appropriations.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&amp;PressRelease_id=202">$31 billion increase</a> in funding as a “freeze.”&nbsp; What's worse, the Majority Leadership chose to use the legislation that should be funding our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, but is going nowhere thanks to <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/house/106739-war-funding-bill-to-get-thursday-vote">intraparty squabbles</a>, to deem this evasion of fiscal responsibility.Thu, 01 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMTCalling It a Budget Does Not Make It So – Dems’ Deeming Scheme Exposed by Budget Act&nbsp;http://rules-republicans.house.gov/ShortTopics/Read.aspx?ID=377It’s not exactly breaking news that the Democratic Majority <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/house/104635-dems-wont-pass-budget">won’t pass a budget</a> this year, but their inability to actually own up to it continues to amuse.&nbsp; Rather than accept their failure to govern, the Democratic Leadership insists on referring to their <a href="http://majorityleader.gov/media/statements.cfm?pressReleaseID=4293">deeming scheme</a> as a <a href="http://www.majorityleader.gov/media/press.cfm?pressReleaseID=4319">“budget”</a> or “<a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/104929-budget-enforcement-resolution-could-be-ready-wednesday">budget enforcement resolution</a>.”&nbsp; The fact is, no amount of rebranding can change the fact that the House will NOT be considering a budget.&nbsp; You see, a budget is clearly defined in the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.&nbsp; What’s being bandied about is NOT a budget.&nbsp; Let’s go to the <a href="http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/hd106-320/pdf/hrm89.pdf">Budget Act</a>.Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMTDemocrats Further DISCLOSE Deep Aversion to Open, Transparent Debatehttp://rules-republicans.house.gov/ShortTopics/Read.aspx?ID=376Don’t be fooled by the bill’s catchy title.&nbsp; When it comes to the DISCLOSE Act, the House Democratic Majority has done everything in its power to avoid openness and transparency in the debate.&nbsp; Although the legislation was described as “fundamental to our democracy” by Speaker Pelosi, it will debated for just an hour and only after a brand new manager’s amendment that rewrites the bill is adopted without its own up or down vote.&nbsp; One must wonder, why the rush to jam through a bill <a href="http://gop.cha.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=235&amp;Itemid=118">opposed</a> by more than 400 advocacy groups?&nbsp; It’s <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/house/104635-dems-wont-pass-budget">not as if</a> the House is working on a budget or anything.Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMTDemocratic Majority Attempts to Deem Its Failure to Budget as Responsible Approach, Fails&nbsp;http://rules-republicans.house.gov/ShortTopics/Read.aspx?ID=374House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) will make it official today – the Democratic Majority will abdicate its <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/house/104635-dems-wont-pass-budget">“most basic responsibility”</a> and refuse to pass a budget for the coming fiscal year.&nbsp; Instead, Hoyer will attempt to spin this evasion of duty as a necessary step to get the nation’s financial house in order.&nbsp; But no amount of spin or rationalization can wash away the basic truth laid out by the current Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D-SC), <a href="http://republicanleader.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=184980">“If you can’t budget, you can’t govern.”</a>Tue, 22 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMTLooking for an Open, Transparent Debate?&nbsp; Are You Kidding?&nbsp; They're Democrats!http://rules-republicans.house.gov/ShortTopics/Read.aspx?ID=370As House Democrats struggle to get their deficit extenders bill across the finish line, they continue to make a mockery of their promise to conduct the nation’s business in an open and transparent way.&nbsp; Their latest scheme to force votes on bills that will add to the deficit, further stifle job creation, and fail to prevent the expiration of the benefits they seek to extend was cooked up late last night as the Majority Leadership ran into <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/28/us/politics/28cong.html?ref=politics">“stiff resistance”</a> from within their own caucus to passing yet another budget buster.&nbsp; The amendment to the rule for H.R. 4213, the “Extenders” bill, split it in two, meaning there will be no “final passage” vote on the entire package.&nbsp; It was unveiled just this morning at 9 a.m. and barely passed the House, with <a href="http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll322.xml">34 Democrats</a> voting in opposition.&nbsp; Fri, 28 May 2010 00:00:00 GMTRather than Working Hard to Create Jobs, Democratic Majority is Hardly Workinghttp://rules-republicans.house.gov/ShortTopics/Read.aspx?ID=366Jobless claims are <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/20/new-weekly-jobless-claims-rise/">on the rise</a>, our national debt is <a href="http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np">continuing to sky rocket</a>, economic indicators are <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/20/leading-indicators-slip-01-percent-april/">on the decline</a> again, and the Democratic Majority is barely cracking a sweat.&nbsp; They have decided against performing the basic responsibilities of governing and passing a budget, and have instead used the House’s time to pass legislation related to estuaries, Puerto Rican statehood, an energy program that promotes <a href="http://gopleader.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=184781">“fantasy jobs”</a>, and a non-controversial move to allow the investigation of the recent mine disaster (even though it could have been handled in five minutes with a simple unanimous consent agreement).&nbsp;Fri, 21 May 2010 00:00:00 GMTJust Like Everything Else, Democrats Determine “Puerto Rico Democracy Act” Not Worthy of Free and Open Debate&nbsp;http://rules-republicans.house.gov/ShortTopics/Read.aspx?ID=361If there were ever a bill that deserved a free flowing debate on the floor of the House of Representatives, one would think it be one with “Democracy” in the title.&nbsp; But free flowing debate doesn’t exist in the House of Representatives anymore, and today, the Democratic Majority once again rejected bipartisan appeals for an open process.&nbsp; The House approved a highly structured rule today for the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009, <a href="http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll232.xml">222-190</a>, with 20 Democrats voting in opposition.&nbsp; It even inspired a <a href="http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll233.xml">procedural protest vote</a> requested by a member of the Majority, a highly unusual circumstance.Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT