How about some government transparency?

I came across this video that was released by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) yesterday that shows the GOP does not want to vote on the Senate’s clean Continuing Resolution legislation and has basically legislated the shutdown to continue unless the House Majority Leader or his designee decides otherwise.

According to the Rules of the House of Representatives Section XXII Clause 4:

That allows any member of the House to call up a Senate resolution, in this case, the clean CR to fund the government and keep it from shutting down.  However, on the eve of the shutdown, the GOP changed the  standing rules to pretty much ensure that the Senate resolution could not be called up for a vote thereby ensuring the shutdown was all but a foregone conclusion.  Under the rule change tucked away in H Res 368:
“Relating to consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 59) making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes. Resolved,

    That the House hereby (1) takes from the Speaker’s table the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 59) making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes, with the House amendment to the Senate amendment thereto, (2) insists on its amendment, and (3) requests a conference with the Senate thereon.
    Sec. 2. Any motion pursuant to clause 4 of rule XXII relating to House Joint Resolution 59 may be offered only by the Majority Leader or his designee.”
Only Rep. Eric Cantor or his designee can bring up the Senate’s CR for a vote before the House now.  The facade of wanting to negotiate is just that, a facade.  Judging by the increasing hits I see on this information, this video will begin to make its way around the internet and hopefully into the news.  THIS is transparency that Americans need so they can really see the entire mechanics behind the shutdown and why it’s still ongoing.  After seeing this video, I have to soften my stance on politicians just a bit.  I still don’t trust them any farther than I can throw them, but there may be a few who are trying to do good for all Americans.
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6 thoughts on “How about some government transparency?

  1. I had heard about this parliamentary tomfoolery only fleetingly a couple of days back, now it’s clearer. Of course it’s not really been reported in the corporate media because, well, it might make one side look bad, or something.

    • You know the corporate media has to push the BS about both sides being equally at fault. They can’t afford to make the stockholders mad at them. The only media outlets I saw with this story were the usual left leaning ones like Daily Kos and such.

      I try not to push a partisan message because I don’t think that helps this country. I will, however, call BS where and when I see it, and this is pure BS. The downside is that the Dems are so Kumbyaish that they won’t fight fire with fire. That enables the GOP to push the envelope even further.

    • Sounds good. I’m doing what I can to help make it go viral. Everybody, conservatives included, needs to see what is actually taking place. I doubt the video will have any effect on the far righties, but it goes to proof of more GOP cause than anything else.

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