Why Did House GOP Rig The Rules To Keep The Government Shut Down? (EXPLOSIVE VIDEO)
Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) exposes how the House Republicans rigged the rules so that only Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) or his designee can reopen the government, when normally ANY member of Congress should be able to call that vote.
He asks from the floor for a clarification on House Rule XXII Clause 4, which states: “When the stage of disagreement has been reached on a bill or resolution with House or Senate amendments, a motion to dispose of any amendment shall be privileged.”
He is then told by the Speaker Pro Tempore that the rule had been “altered by the House.” Pushing further, he is told that the House adopted House Resolution 368, passed on October 1st. The resolution reads that “any motion pursuant to Clause 4 of Rule XXII relating to the House Joint Resolution may be offered ONLY BY THE MAJORITY LEADER OR HIS DESIGNEE.”
Rep. Van Hollen then clarifies,
“So, Mr. Speaker, just so I understand… H. Res 368 CHANGED THE STANDING RULES OF THE HOUSE TO TAKE AWAY FROM ANY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE THE PRIVILEGE OF CALLING UP THE SENATE BILL TO IMMEDIATELY REOPEN THE GOVERNMENT?”
He is told that he is correct.
“Why were the rules rigged to keep the government shut down?”
After being suspended by the Speaker Pro Tempore, he offers,
“Democracy has been suspended!”
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