Upworthy has the video Congress Did Something So Spectacularly Creepy That It’s Too Unbelievable To Make Up.
On the House floor, Congressman Chris Van Hollen decided to get a clarification on the rules of the shutdown. Apparently, normally any congressperson can call for a vote on any bill at any time. But just before the shutdown happened, the GOP quietly passed a measure that said only House Majority Leader Eric Cantor can call for the shutdown to end (unless he gives a designee permission). Not even the most senior GOP congressperson, Speaker of the House John Boehner, is allowed to do it, without permission from his own guy.
Here’s the thing. Democrats are not always right. Neither are Republicans. The political system is messed up from top to bottom. But this is just crazy. The guy in charge of the GOP can’t end the shutdown. Watch and see. At 5:00, we get to the reality of the situation.
In a previous post The House GOP’s Little Rule Change That Guaranteed A Shutdown I only had a reporter’s word for it. I think the above video shows the reporter to be pretty accurate despite what some right wing fanatics would like you to believe.
If I get any response from said fanatic, I will post it here.
Response from said fanatic.
Well, let’s see… That makes the House rule equivalent to the rule in the Senate, which Harry Reid has been using with a vengeance, hasn’t he? Tell me, Steve, how many of the bipartisan House bills to fund all of the government, and bipartisan bills to find individual agencies, has Harry Reid allowed onto the Senate floor to come to a vote? Let me help you out. That would be zero, except for the death benefit bill he was shamed into bringing forward. Yes, you are absolutely right that the Republicans are playing hardball. Why would you expect any less when the Democrats, when they held the majority, played exactly the same sort of hardball and more to push through worthless stimulus spending and Obamacare?
Well, at least he isn’t denying the story is true, anymore. Maybe that’s progress.