After losing a string of embarrassing votes on the House floor because of procedural maneuvering, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has decided to change the current House Rules to completely shut down the floor to the minority.
The Democratic Leadership is threatening to change the current House Rules regarding the Republican right to the Motion to Recommit or the test of germaneness on the motion to recommit.
This would be the first change to the germaneness rule since 1822.
In protest, the House Republicans are going to call procedural motions every half hour.
Awesome... this is of course the same speaker who promised a spirit of bipartisanship when she was in charge. Note the unprecedented change in a rule that was last altered 185 years ago. The Republicans are kind of going about this the wrong way as well, but the Democratic leadership is famous for backing the GOP into tight corners... remember the Harry Reid closed door session stunt? When the GOP was in control, they didn't have to use procedural stunts for the most part, because they had enough votes for almost anything (which wasn't always a good thing). If nothing else, Pelosi's running of the lower house is laughable.