Republicans’ attempts to limit debate and block amendments is causing them to lose
The after effects of electing wingnuts: 3 straight attempts at bill passage, 3 straight fails because the disparate wingnut factions can’t agree or compromise with each other.
House Republicans have now lost three straight attempts to pass bills in the past 24 hours.
As you’ve probably heard already, last night the Republican leadership was caught off guard when 26 of their rank-an-file members joined the Democrats to reject an attempt to extend the PATRIOT Act provisions under an expedited procedure, known as “suspension of the rules,” that limits debate and does not allow amendments to be offered. Before that vote, the leadership was forced to pull another bill from the floor that would have provided job training to people who have lost their jobs due to trade issues when it became clear that they didn’t have the votes to pass it under the same procedure they tried for the PATRIOT Act bill.
This afternoon, they tried again to use the expedited suspension of the rules process and, for the third time in a row, failed. This most recent attempt was on a bill that would have rescinded $179 million of U.S. funds form the United Nations. It was rejected on a roll call vote of 259-169, which is short of the 2/3rds majority needed under the suspension of the rules procedure. This time only 2 Republicans split off and voted “no,” but they didn’t pick up enough Democrats.