Speaker Pelosi once went so far as to say she was willing to lose votes if it meant ensuring her House was the “most open, ethical” in history:
“In perhaps the biggest break from the current practices of GOP leaders, Pelosi said she would be willing to lose votes on the floor.”
“‘I certainly would not say that we can't bring things to the floor because we'll lose…’”
So much for being willing to lose some votes. Perhaps before they game the system by changing the rules to their liking, Democratic leaders should ask their own members why they are voting in droves for our Republican proposals.
Why are Democrats against Democracy? The attempted rules changes strike at the very heart of what it means to be a representative in United States Congress. The American people elect each Member to represent them with the knowledge that we all have the opportunity to actively participate and ensure their voices are heard. Scrapping rules that have existed since the first days of the republic designed to make sure the House remains a deliberative body -- and not simply a machine of the Speaker and Committee Chairmen -- would do lasting damage to the institution. I won’t allow it.
Democrats need to be held accountable for the tax-and-spend policies they pursue -- the high tax, high spend policies the American people do not want. House Republicans stood united to make sure that happens.
This article first appeared in Human Events