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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 12/22/2010

Republicans propose sweeping changes to House rules

By Felicia Sonmez

Updated: 1:25 p.m.

House Republicans are planning to enact some far-reaching changes to the way the lower chamber operates in the next Congress, according to a draft of new rules circulated by the House GOP transition team on Wednesday.

One of the biggest changes would call for all proposed bills to be accompanied by a "Constitutional Authority Statement" that would note the specific section of the Constitution that empowers Congress to enact the legislation.

Another would demand that all bills to be posted online for at least three days before they're put up for vote. Also, spending increases would have to be offset by cuts of an equal or greater amount elsewhere and could not be paid for by tax increases; Democrats have expressed skepticism that the new rule regarding spending would allow for continued tax breaks for upper-income earners.

The full rules package, which is based on the GOP's Pledge to America and is being spearheaded by transition team Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and House Rules Working Group Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah), will be posted online ahead of a slated Jan. 4 organizational meeting. At that meeting, House Republicans will be able to offer amendments to the new rules.

The full House will vote on the rules package on Jan. 5, the first day of the 112th Congress. Democrats can offer their own rules package.

"These reforms represent Republicans' first step in keeping the promises we outlined in the Pledge to America to change the way Washington works and address the people's priorities: creating jobs and cutting spending," House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement accompanying the draft.

The new rules would enact some significant changes to House committees.

Committee chairmen would again have a six-year term limit. Committees would be required to post their rules online, provide three days of notice before marking up legislation and post committee votes online. Another rule would require the text of legislation to be circulated 24 hours before it's due to be marked up, although it's unclear whether the House Rules Committee will be subject to that rule.

In addition, two committee names are expected to be changed at the request of their incoming chairmen. The Committee on Education and Labor will be known as the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the Committee on Science and Technology will become the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. In addition, at the request of the leadership, the Committee on Standards and Official Conduct will become the Committee on Ethics.

As announced earlier, the Office of Congressional Ethics will remain intact.

The new rules package renews the current rule prohibiting former members of Congress who are now lobbyists from using the House gym.

The rules also allow for Boehner to call for a reading of the full Constitution on the House floor on Jan. 6, the second day of the new Congress. If the reading takes place, it's likely to be carried out by Boehner or his designee, meaning that a number of members may participate, according to a GOP leadership aide.

The announcement of the new rules package comes after House Republicans unveiled of a new legislative calendar that will allow members to spend one week in their home districts for every two weeks that they spend in Washington.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 22, 2010; 11:32 AM ET
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Posted by: itkonlyyou429 | December 22, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Pretty funny. Boehner says they are going to do what the voters want them to do, create jobs and cutting spending. The repubs just signed on to add $700 billion to the deficit to keep the rich tax cuts that produced no jobs since 2003. Maybe boehner and the rest should just resign before they even take over.

Posted by: mikel7 | December 22, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Pretty funny. Boehner says they are going to do what the voters want them to do, create jobs and cutting spending. The repubs just signed on to add $700 billion to the deficit to keep the rich tax cuts that produced no jobs since 2003. Maybe boehner and the rest should just resign before they even take over.

Posted by: mikel7 | December 22, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Pretty funny. Boehner says they are going to do what the voters want them to do, create jobs and cutting spending. The repubs just signed on to add $700 billion to the deficit to keep the rich tax cuts that produced no jobs since 2003. Maybe boehner and the rest should just resign before they even take over.

Posted by: mikel7 | December 22, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Pretty funny. Boehner says they are going to do what the voters want them to do, create jobs and cutting spending. The repubs just signed on to add $700 billion to the deficit to keep the rich tax cuts that produced no jobs since 2003. Maybe boehner and the rest should just resign before they even take over.

Posted by: mikel7 | December 22, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Amazing! Several moonbats below actually COMPLAIN about our elected representatives resolving to refrain from unconstitutional acts! Hey, it's not like they take an oath to uphold the Constitution, or anything.

Here is one such howler from the comments: "The very Constitution that the[y] pretend to respect does not give Congress the right to decide. That is reserved for the Supreme Court."

Not be outdone, another ignorant moonbat says: "The framers of the Constitution wisely put the responsibility and authority of reviewing laws for constitutionality in the hands of the judiciary branch [sic]."

Of course the framers did no such thing. There is not one word in the Constitution about judicial review. Furthermore, the first words of the Constitution are WE THE PEOPLE, because we the people are the sole source of all authority in the Constitution.

This second moonbat continues: "The idea was that justices, not elected officials, could make decisions based on the law and not consider the whims of the electorate."

What the moonbat dismisses as "the whims of the electorate" is more properly known in a democratic republic as the consent of the governed. In the final analysis, the supreme law of the land is what WE THE PEOPLE say it is.

All that said, nothing about the proposed House rule has any bearing whatever on judicial review (except to the extent courts will have a clue what Congress was thinking).

Like I said, the stupidity of moonbats is amazing. And scary.

Posted by: thebump | December 22, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I hope that they read the Constitution as it is and not as they would like it to be.

They have talked about eliminating the 14th amendment (birthright citizenship), the 17th amendment (direct election of senators), and even going back in some respects to the Articles of Confederation in allowing states to nullify Federal legislation.

Posted by: StanKlein | December 22, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

The GOP just demanded the rich get their much needed tax cuts witch added 700 billion to the deficit. It's okay if they add to the deficit but not the democrats, more hypocritical action taken by the republicans.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | December 22, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

The GOP just demanded the rich get their much needed tax cuts witch added 700 billion to the deficit. It's okay if they add to the deficit but not the democrats, more hypocritical action taken by the republicans.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | December 22, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

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I disagree. Most things Republican oppose are rewarding lazy parasites that expect government to provide for them from cradle to grave. Its time to make people take personal responsibility for their actions/inactions and suffer the consequences for their decisions. This includes failure to get an education, having babies they can't afford to support, and poor lifestyle choices that contribute to health problems. Obviously you Soros/Demo/Socialist would feel more comfortable in a European society. I encourage you to move there - oops wait. They found out that they couldn't afford that as well, even with their over-taxing of people that actually pay taxes.

Posted by: twoeagle | December 22, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse
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Ah Twoeagle! Here we have yet another 'born on third, thinking he hit a triple' conservative who's so blind that he can't see how latched on he is to the teat of liberal urban America. No doubt you believe that everything in your life is 'self made' and done without any support from the rest of your fellow citizens. No 'There but for the grace of God go I' with respect to your job vs. the guy down the street who was laid off! He's a slacker and you aren't, dadgurnit!

I've got some bad news for you sunshine. If you're a conservative, chances are that you live in a district that gets more from the 'guvmint' than it puts in. It's also probably true that your roads, schools, airports, and power grid are built using taxes paid more by big city, lattee brewing, chardonnay drinking, volvo driving, 'libutards' than the 'self reliant' people that use them. And, unlike you, most of those 'dumbocrats' think it's just fine that they do, thank you very much. Why? Because, unlike you, most liberals get the idea that civilization exists because of the concept of shared responsibility, through government, for the well being of all citizens.

It's ok that can't see any of that. I understand. I don't blame my cat for puking on the rug either. It's just her nature....

Posted by: cometboy | December 22, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

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I disagree. Most things Republican oppose are rewarding lazy parasites that expect government to provide for them from cradle to grave. Its time to make people take personal responsibility for their actions/inactions and suffer the consequences for their decisions. This includes failure to get an education, having babies they can't afford to support, and poor lifestyle choices that contribute to health problems. Obviously you Soros/Demo/Socialist would feel more comfortable in a European society. I encourage you to move there - oops wait. They found out that they couldn't afford that as well, even with their over-taxing of people that actually pay taxes.

Posted by: twoeagle | December 22, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse
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Ah Twoeagle! Here we have yet another 'born on third, thinking he hit a triple' conservative who's so blind that he can't see how latched on he is to the teat of liberal urban America. No doubt you believe that everything in your life is 'self made' and done without any support from the rest of your fellow citizens. No 'There but for the grace of God go I' with respect to your job vs. the guy down the street who was laid off! He's a slacker and you aren't, dadgurnit!

I've got some bad news for you sunshine. If you're a conservative, chances are that you live in a district that gets more from the 'guvmint' than it puts in. It's also probably true that your roads, schools, airports, and power grid are built using taxes paid more by big city, lattee brewing, chardonnay drinking, volvo driving, 'libutards' than the 'self reliant' people that use them. And, unlike you, most of those 'dumbocrats' think it's just fine that they do, thank you very much. Why? Because, unlike you, most liberals get the idea that civilization exists because of the concept of shared responsibility, through government, for the well being of all citizens.

It's ok that can't see any of that. I understand. I don't blame my cat for puking on the rug either. It's just her nature....

Posted by: cometboy | December 22, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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I disagree. Most things Republican oppose are rewarding lazy parasites that expect government to provide for them from cradle to grave. Its time to make people take personal responsibility for their actions/inactions and suffer the consequences for their decisions. This includes failure to get an education, having babies they can't afford to support, and poor lifestyle choices that contribute to health problems. Obviously you Soros/Demo/Socialist would feel more comfortable in a European society. I encourage you to move there - oops wait. They found out that they couldn't afford that as well, even with their over-taxing of people that actually pay taxes.

Posted by: twoeagle | December 22, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse
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Ah Twoeagle! Here we have yet another 'born on third, thinking he hit a triple' conservative who's so blind that he can't see how latched on he is to the teat of liberal urban America. No doubt you believe that everything in your life is 'self made' and done without any support from the rest of your fellow citizens. No 'There but for the grace of God go I' with respect to your job vs. the guy down the street who was laid off! He's a slacker and you aren't, dadgurnit!

I've got some bad news for you sunshine. If you're a conservative, chances are that you live in a district that gets more from the 'guvmint' than it puts in. It's also probably true that your roads, schools, airports, and power grid are built using taxes paid more by big city, lattee brewing, chardonnay drinking, volvo driving, 'libutards' than the 'self reliant' people that use them. And, unlike you, most of those 'dumbocrats' think it's just fine that they do, thank you very much. Why? Because, unlike you, most liberals get the idea that civilization exists because of the concept of shared responsibility, through government, for the well being of all citizens.

It's ok that can't see any of that. I understand. I don't blame my cat for puking on the rug either. It's just her nature....

Posted by: cometboy | December 22, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

The wealthy HIDE BILLIONS in profits to EVADE faIR TAXES. The GOP punishes them for their behavior by BORROWIN $700 billion to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy tax evading criminals.

The GOP then holds the poor and disabled HOSTAGE (the 9/11 first responders and the unemployed) until they get approval to BORROW the money for the tax cuts for the wealthy. On the other hand, the GOP INSISTS that funding for unemployment be paid for.

The GOP is just another way to spell SWINE.

Posted by: Freethotlib | December 22, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

twoeagle wrote "Most things Republican oppose are rewarding lazy parasites that expect government to provide for them from cradle to grave."

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Republican's oppose reasonable and rationale behavior. For example, if some one stole from you would you then insist on giving them a subsidy?

The wealthy stole from the people of the United States when they hid income in Germany and Switzerland to EVADE taxes. They evaded BILLIONS in taxes and yet the conservatives insist that we BORROW $700 billion to GIVE THE RICH TAX CUTS!

-- U.S. authorities recently ended their probe into UBS, which had been charged by federal prosecutors with helping roughly 17,000 clients with $20 billion in assets hide their accounts from the IRS.

-- Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay a fine of more than a $553 million to the U.S. government as a penalty for the bank's role in promoting fraudulent tax shelters.
The size of the fine represented the fees Deutsche Bank collected in the scheme, as well as the amount of taxes and interest that U.S. authorities failed to collect from those who used the shelters between 1996 and 2002.

THE TRUE PARASITES IN aMNERICA ARE THE WEALTHY THAT FEED OFF OFF OF OUR LABOR AND THEN HIDE THEIR PROFITS TO EVADE A FAIT TAX. THEN THEY HAVE THE GALL TO DEMAND THAT WE GIVE THEM TAX CUTS AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO BE CRIMINALS!!

The GOP is a criminal enterprise and those that elect them are their fools!!!!

Posted by: Freethotlib | December 22, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Seems like most things Republicans oppose fall under "Promote the General Welfare".

Posted by: AxelDC | December 22, 2010 3:14 PM
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I disagree. Most things Republican oppose are rewarding lazy parasites that expect government to provide for them from cradle to grave. Its time to make people take personal responsibility for their actions/inactions and suffer the consequences for their decisions. This includes failure to get an education, having babies they can't afford to support, and poor lifestyle choices that contribute to health problems. Obviously you Soros/Demo/Socialist would feel more comfortable in a European society. I encourage you to move there - oops wait. They found out that they couldn't afford that as well, even with their over-taxing of people that actually pay taxes.

Posted by: twoeagle | December 22, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"The rules also allow for Boehner to call for a reading of the full Constitution on the House floor on Jan. 6"

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What a JOKE!! If they value it so highly why are they talking about making many changes to the Constitution?

The Bushie boys tossed it into the gutter with their torture, rendition and jailing without charges or legal assistance.

All the cons do is talk patriotic because they are pandering to the mob -- they place no real value on that document.

Yet the fools that elected them continue to ignore reality because they are soooo ignorant!!

Posted by: Freethotlib | December 22, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I can see it now. As the Republican reader slows, looks up and says, "Well golly! I didn't know it said that?"

Posted by: thebobbob | December 22, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I for one cheer the notion of Republicans reading the constitution. It's about damn time. Please be sure to invite what's-her-name from Alaska to sit and listen as you windbags bloviate.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | December 22, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Aren't these the same ones that keep saying "Don't take away our rights!", and, mostly, "Don't tread on me"?

Same one that have issues with the seat belt law and such, saying "Don't regulate me!"?

and they are doing...what?

Posted by: taroya | December 22, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"Ever heard of an Aryan Nation/KKK Democrat?"

The late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) was a KKK member. In fact, back when the KKK was a real force in the US, KKK members were ALL Democrats. Members of the Party of Lincoln were, by definition, not welcome in the KKK. Learn some American history.

Posted by: arimathean | December 22, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse
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Ever heard of Richard Nixon...
He single handily begged southern democrats to swith parties after "civil rights bill of '64" was passed thereby changing the dynamics of the parties....You need to learn American history.

Posted by: bam1969 | December 22, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Boehner would be wise (a stretch, I know) to remember that the Constitution reads, "We the People of the United States" and not, "We the People and Corporations of the United States".

Posted by: joachim1 | December 22, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

screwjob23 --- how are the repubs steering the ship... they have one branch... the house.. dems control senate and the presdency... you repubs are more like .. in the bilge.. where you should be... always full of it...

Posted by: joedperk | December 22, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

And regarding reading the Constitution, what a joke, the Republicans are all in favor of such Constitution-shredding "national security" policies (started by the Bush Jr/Cheney Regime, and shamefully continued by the Obama Administration) as:

Warrantless spying on US citizens and their purely domestic communications-violates 4th Amendment (no search warrants) and 6th Amendment (right to face your accuser)

Torture as official US policy-violation of 5th Amendment (no self-incrimination), 6th Amendment (no confronting accuser who ordered the torture), 8th Amendment (cruel and unusual punishment)

Indefinite detention-violation of 4th Amendment (a violation, as there's no right to examine "secret" evidence, or "evidence" based on hearsay/torture in military tribunals), 6th Amendment (right to confront accuser, right to a speedy trial) & 8th Amendment (cruel and unusual punishment).

Suspension of habeas corpus-violation of 6th Amendment-(right to confront accuser, right to a speedy trial) and 8th Amendment (no cruel and unusual punishment).

And Obama's added his two cents, asserting the right to kill US citizens overseas, with no legal finding or judicial ruling needed in the process.

When the GOP insists on rolling back these Executive Branch power grabs-actions which come at the clear expense of our Constitution-and further insists on aggressive criminal prosecutions of the Bush Jr Administration, only then will the party be more than a bunch of whining, easily-debunked hypocrites of the most rank, vile type.

Otherwise, it's obvious that those screeching that Obama's a socialist/Muslim/Marxist dictator intent on using concentration camps and disarming the populace don't believe their own irrationally irate rhetoric, as there's no way Obama could carry out such actions unless he used the "national security" policies established by Bush Jr/Cheney, actions enthusiastically supported by the GOP and its teabagger sheeple.

Posted by: kingcranky | December 22, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"Boner needs to post all the jobs created by the rich who recieved generous tax cuts.You gonna do that BONER?
Posted by: DIMMY | December 22, 2010 1:01 PM"

Of course the GOP won't do that, as tax cuts for the already obscenely wealthy, along with govt. deregulation/industrial self-regulation NEVER increase the middle and working class, nor do they decrease the number of people living in poverty, nor do they increase the number of well-paying manufacturing jobs with good benefits, the type that allows workers to subsist, and provide for their families, on the paycheck alone, with no need to access a strong, social safety net.

Nope, the GOP hates the middle class, working class and working poor, that's why the party pushes policies designed to decimate those groups every chance it gets.

Posted by: kingcranky | December 22, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"Ever heard of an Aryan Nation/KKK Democrat?"

The late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) was a KKK member. In fact, back when the KKK was a real force in the US, KKK members were ALL Democrats. Members of the Party of Lincoln were, by definition, not welcome in the KKK. Learn some American history.

Posted by: arimathean | December 22, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

That the Republicans in congress are proposing changes to the parlimentary rules of the House is no suprise and a credit to them.

When the Republicans controlled the senate and the Democrats aped the GOP's filibuster abuse they threatened to simply end that rule and, incredibly, the Democrats agreed NOT to filibuster to preserve the rule. This idiocy ensured that rule would remain for the Republicans to use and abuse after they returned to a minority status while denying the Democrats the ability to invoke it. What imbeciles.

The gutless Senate Democrats need to take a page from the House GOP's playbook and reform their anachonistic rules.

Posted by: toc59 | December 22, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

US Constitution, Preamble:

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Seems like most things Republicans oppose fall under "Promote the General Welfare".

Posted by: AxelDC | December 22, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem with the proposed changes up to the the last paragraph. We need a full-time House of Representatives not a part-time House being paid full time.

Under these rules they will fly home Friday afternoon and return 10 days later on Monday morning which means that nearly half the time they won't even be in Washington DC.

Bottom line:

The new rules make it more likely there will be a lot of posturing and very little will get done.

Posted by: bobhoren | December 22, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Ever noticed that NO KKK, Aryan Nation, NRA "survivalist" unregulated militias, and VERY few NRA members, fundamentalist "creationists" and fundamentalist TV evangelists are Democrats?

Ever heard of an Aryan Nation/KKK Democrat?

The above have a powerful lock on the GOP!

Posted by: lufrank1 | December 22, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

What a joke!!! Having republicans interpret the constitution is like having the KKK read the bible.

Posted by: ILuvUS | December 22, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

OH my GOD! The Dem. are fearful they will have to honor the Constitution on new laws and spending. Is that even in their pee brains? Poor Poor NANCY, Harry and Obama.

Posted by: onefaro1 | December 22, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Just make a permanent set of rules and stick to them. All this posturing is tiresome.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 22, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

OH my GOD! The Dem. are fearful they will have to honor the Constitution on new laws and spending. Is that even in their pee brains? Poor Poor NANCY, Harry and Obama.

Posted by: onefaro1 | December 22, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

This is sad. The country is having a meltdown and these people are posturing! Too bad we can't do recall. I hardly know where to begin. If any readers have ever been in congress, they know frequently when someone is reading, there are almost no other members in the chamber. I can't imagine there will be people listening to the Constitution. And, if they were serious, they would not read it out loud. Any of us who have studied the Constitution did so by careful reading and not by listening as if it were a story! So I know they are in this for show and not being serious.

Beyond that, who are they to decide. The very Constitution that the pretend to respect does not give Congress the right to decide. That is reserved for the Supreme Court. I could make any number of proposals that I think are good under "promoting the general welfare" of the preamble which conservatives would say violates any number of things because they just do not want to do it (look back to the conservative objections to the Civil Rights movement supposedly based on the Constitution).

But if they are really serious, I can't wait till a military funding bill comes up and they try to find where in the Constitution it calls for a standing army. In fact, the Founders were against such a thing. This could be interesting.

And deciding to fight a defecit without increasing taxes is like getting into a fight with one hand tied behind the back. The Constitution DOES allow for taxing so where do they come off making a rule against raising them. If I am in the hole, I will cut my spending but also ask my boss for a raise. And these are the people who will complain when these tax cuts expire that we are "raising taxes". I assure you if my boss cut my pay and then restored it, I would not count it as a raise!

Well, we get what we deserved. If we elect clowns, we should expect clownlike behavior.

Posted by: TomfromNJ1 | December 22, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The framers of the Constitution wisely put the responsibility and authority of reviewing laws for constitutionality in the hands of the judiciary branch. The idea was that justices, not elected officials, could make decisions based on the law and not consider the whims of the electorate. Reading the Constitution is very much like wearing an American flag lapel pin. It's a gesture, but it doesn't necessarily mean much.

Posted by: amstphd | December 22, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

So, the GOP want to find out how they can cut the benefits to the middle-class and working-class and the most needy to pay for the tax cuts for the very wealthy ... is that why they want to read the Constitution? One would think they can read it on their own without being forced to read it or hear it from the House floor. And who is paying for all these trips home every two weeks? The taxpayers of course!!

Posted by: paris1969 | December 22, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like window-dressing to satisfy (and divert) the Tea Party wing. Repub leadership is still mainline insiders, every bit as spendthrift, probably more so, as the Dems. A practical consequence is that if, after so many Dem concessions to the ultrarich on taxes, Repubs still insist on limiting spending in that way, Senate Dems might and should dig in their heels and refuse to spend anything till the House Repub position is relaxed. Gridlock, here we come!

Posted by: mipost1 | December 22, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Awesome!!!

Posted by: DaMan2 | December 22, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of #%*&^. They are probably going to have to do some real searching to find Repigs that can read. I am sure that in no time the Repigs will break their own rules. I wonder how many Repigs will end up in prison this session? I am sure in no time the public will get sick of the Weeper of House bawling his eyes out like a big baby. Hooray for Nancy and the Dems! Good job folks. You make the Repigs look like the lazy bums they are.

Posted by: davidlhanegraaf | December 22, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse


Dims can "offer" whatever ideas they want, but prepare for their leftist claptrap to be ignored. That is what happens when you Dims lose 63 seats in one election.

Silly Dims, the GOP is steering the ship now.

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 22, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of #%*&^. I am sure that in no time the Repigs will break their own rules. I wonder how many Repigs will end up in prison this session? I am sure in no time the public will get sick of the Weeper of House bawling his eyes out like a big baby. Hooray for Nancy and the Dems! Good job folks. You make the Repigs look like the lazy bums they are.

Posted by: davidlhanegraaf | December 22, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

There are some good ideas, and some bad ideas.

Hopefully the Republicans & Democrats can work together and negotiate a good outcome.

The question is, can Republicans, once they have a majority use it wisely and negotiate reasonable rules for the House applying to both parties, or will they ignore compromising for the greater good of the country and fail completely in making any changes?

Posted by: SCVoter | December 22, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Boner needs to post all the jobs created by the rich who recieved generous tax cuts.You gonna do that BONER?

Posted by: DIMMY | December 22, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Are the Repubs going to establish a new law that all voters get to stay home for 1/3 the year to get their own housework done ? Now that the Repubs are expected to accomplish something they want to spend more time at home. And yes, annort Americans have a lesser opinion of Repubs than of Democrats it's just that many didn't vote in the last election. Sorry to pop your little inflated bubble. Let's see what happens the next election after Americans see the Repubs in action and remember just who has screwed up America the last thirty years.

Posted by: Falmouth1 | December 22, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Boner needs to post all the jobs created by the rich who recieved generous tax cuts.You gonna do that BONER?

Posted by: DIMMY | December 22, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The WP: "One of the biggest changes would call for all proposed bills to be accompanied by a "Constitutional Authority Statement" that would note the specific section of the Constitution that empowers Congress to enact the legislation."

Wow, what an amazing concept! Hell would freeze over before our liberal marxists IN Washington agreed to such a thing. Liberal marxists throughout America hold our Constitution in utter contempt. They would never agree to such a standard.

Posted by: liberalsareblind | December 22, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Fascinating that the GOP wants to pull from the courts the right to decide how bills measure up against the often contradictory rules of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and other Amendments. What a waste of time, labor, paper and more the Republicans would ask of our elected representatives.

The right to decide what the Constitution means and what the law is rests not in the House of Representatives. But apparently Republicans don't understand our Constitution.

Posted by: kcbob | December 22, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Where have you been, hetherb? Americans sent the dems home in Nov. putting 66 new republicans in the house and 6 in the senate. Many republican governors were elected and republican legislatures are to be installed Jan 2011 - next month.

Why do you post lies? They just make you look stupid. The hated ones are the progressive/liberal/maxists that are trying to ruin this country. Hopefully, their gerrymandered districts will be changed by the republicans that have been elected in the states. But they have been symied, along with Pelosi, from getting the USA into more trouble.

So stay in your mother's basement. It is where you belong.

Posted by: annnort | December 22, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"creating jobs and cutting spending," House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement accompanying the draft."

No Boehner, You "PROMISED" 2%'ers would create jobs if bush's tax cuts were extended,
So make it happen.
You have twelve months to get it done.

And how about a law requiring employers to give their employees one week off for every two weeks they work?

Posted by: knjincvc | December 22, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

don't be so full or yourself. remember that the most despised group in america is not the demacrats, it is the republicans.

Posted by: hetherb | December 22, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow, finally we will get some sanity back in the House of Reps. OMG, America will be having a Happy New Year! Piglosi must be cowering in her boots, as she had the same chance to make the house a place where Americans were represented and informed of what was going on. Instead, she is leaving this Congress as the must despised Congress in history. The most losses for her party. And a sigh of relief heard around the nation when Jan begins. Still a big battle ahead, taking America back to be ruled by the governed as it was intended.
Sorry you socialists, it is going to be rough two years for you, as you try to stymie what the people want. Keep making us angry, and we will be ready to vote in hordes in Nov. 2012.

Posted by: rickshawjim | December 22, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

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