April 19, 2007

bfrank.jpg via The Gavel: During the 110th Congress, Republicans have repeatedly attempted to use motions to recommit with instructions to kill bills on the verge of passage. The strategy is to institute a divisive change to the bill at the last moment, often unrelated to the original intent of the legislation, hoping that the altered bill can then be defeated on final passage.

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Frank: "Parliamentary inquiry, Mr. Speaker - does [Republican] whining come out of my time?"

Frank: "Members on the other side had every opportunity at the committee, and in this open rule fully to debate this and to offer amendments. They chose not to. They chose instead to legislate by ambush..."

[Republicans boo]

Frank: "Oh, Mr. Speaker, I have underestimated the tenderness of the feelings of the members opposite..."

[Democrats laugh asses off]

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