House GOP Now Committed to Recommitting
House Republicans have used a procedural maneuver called a "motion to recommit" to force some Democrats into tough votes or, in the case of the bill that would grant D.C. a full representative in the House, temporarily derail legislation. Thus far in the 110th Congress, nine of 24 motions to recommit have passed the House, which is a remarkable turnaround on the recent past, when Republicans controlled the House.
When they were the majority party the GOP didn't especially favor motions to recommit, which typically are a tool of the minority. In the first term after Republicans claimed the majority in 1994, 14 motions to recommit passed the House. That figure fell to just one in the 105th Congress, five in the 106th and one 107th, and none in the 108th or 109th, when Democrats went 0-99 on motions to recommit. The GOP has passed more motions to recommit in the first four months of this congress than were approved since 1997.
* through April 23, 2007
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