Deem And Pass

17 03 2010

It really doesn’t surprise me that the Republicans are getting the vapors over a procedure they have used many, many times. It just always takes me by surprise that our media establishment is willing to go along with any bullshit the GOP can throw at the wall, no matter how hypocritical.

In the last Congress that Republicans controlled, from 2005 to 2006, Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier used the self-executing rule more than 35 times, and was no stranger to the concept of “deem and pass.” That strategy, then decried by the House Democrats who are now using it, and now being called unconstitutional by WSJ editorialists, was defended by House Republicans in court (and upheld). Dreier used it for a $40 billion deficit reduction package so that his fellow GOPers could avoid an embarrassing vote on immigration.

I’m getting tired from dragging out the fainting couch.

-Ian

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