Friday, August 03, 2007

Late-Night Rock-Throw In the House

House Errupts In Chaos
By Patrick O'Connor-The Politico

In a massive flare-up of partisan tensions (video link courtesy, Republicans walked out on a House vote late Thursday night to protest what they believed to be Democratic maneuvers to reverse an unfavorable outcome for them.

The flap represents a complete breakdown in parliamentary procedure and an unprecedented low for the sometimes bitterly divided chamber.

The rancor erupted shortly before 11 p.m. as Rep. Michael R. McNulty (D-N.Y.) gaveled close the vote on a standard procedural measure with the outcome still in doubt.

Details remain fuzzy, but numerous Republicans argued afterward that they had secured a 215-213 win on their motion to bar undocumented immigrants from receiving any federal funds apportioned in the agricultural spending bill for employment or rental assistance. Democrats, however, argued the measure was deadlocked at 214-214 and failed, members and aides on both sides of the aisle said afterward.

One GOP aide saw McNulty gavel the vote to a close after receiving a signal from his leaders – but before reading the official tally. And votes continued to shift even after he closed the roll call - a strange development in itself.

Whatever the final tally, acrimony quickly exploded between lawmakers on either side of the aisle as Democratic leaders tried to plot a solution, while parliamentarians on either side argued over protocol.



Blogger Patsy said...

What kind of Democracy are the Democrats presiding over in the House of Representatives? Expunging the evidence of the vote count they corrupted from the official record after it was video taped isn't very smart, now is it? With all of the conservative media on the blogosphere, they won't be able to pull this off. Man, they are really looking more and more desperate.

8:52 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I've seen Boy Scout meetings run smoother...

9:13 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

Yes. Donal, but this is the United States of America's House of Representatives. A solemn, serious and POWERFUL legislative body; whose rules & regulations, not to mention its decorum and dignity, have just been utterly defiled.

It's an outrage. What do these Democrats think they're doing? They don't have the right to disgrace our government and the American people like this. This isn't lawful and they enact the laws! Absolutely unbelievable!

9:28 AM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Sheer arrogance on the dhimmis part.


9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they have a license to run an assylum?


12:58 PM  
Blogger Russet Shadows said...

What I don't understand is how voting could continue after the speaker announced the end of voting. Excuse me? *blinks*

3:52 PM  
Anonymous z said...

To end voting before the voting was over?

Aha. So, we have dems suggesting a return to the 'fairness' doctrine, and KOS and calling FOX advertisers to sink FOX.....

How far will the Dems go to silence a different opinion?


7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TMW you call it "arrogance" and that's certainly part of it. They STOLE a vote in order to get medical bennies to illegals and have YOU vote for it! This was Stalinist behavior by people who come by it honestly. The Republicans won the vote 215-213 and the Dems used the "chair" to shut it down quickly.


8:51 AM  

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