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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Democrat Champions of Tolerance Prepare to Shut Down Debate in US House

The Democrats -- who for about the last thousand years have claimed to be the champions of "diversity" and "tolerance" -- are threatening to change the rules in the U.S. House of Representatives mid-term to shut down debate and discussion in the chamber, Drudge is reporting.

Specifically, Nancy Pelosi is reported to be threatening to change the "germaneness rule" in the House for the first time since 1822 to bar Republicans from using the "Motion to Recommit" on the floor.

A mid-term change to House rules is highly unusual. While the Senate is considered an ongoing body (and therefore does not need to re-adopt its rules every term), the U.S. House is not, and therefore House rules are adopted for each two year term on the same day Members are sworn in and the chamber is organized. To squash debate, Pelosi is considering the mid-term change after losing a string of votes on the floor.

Members of the media may want to ask a question or two the next time Democrats accuse Republicans of "intolerance."

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