Republicans walk out over Democrats proceedural violation

3 08 2007

In a massive flare-up of partisan tensions, Republicans walked out on a House vote late Thursday night to protest an unpresidented violation of House rules to reverse an unfavorable outcome for them on a procedural motion designed to bar undocumented immigrants from receiving any federal funds apportioned in the agricultural spending bill for employment or rental assistance

The flap represents a complete breakdown in parliamentary procedure and an unprecedented low for the sometimes bitterly divided chamber.

One GOP aide saw McNulty gavel the vote to a close after receiving a signal from his leaders – but before reading the official tally. And votes continued to shift even after he closed the roll call They believed it was a tie of 214 to 214, but it turns out that they lost 215-213. Democrats, however, argued the measure was deadlocked at 214-214 and failed.

So, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., eventually offered a motion to reconsider re-opening the vote.twisting arms to get some democrats to change their votes to prevail on a 216-212 tally. But the maneuver sparked a chorus of angry protests from the Republicans, yelling “shame” on Democrats and the Republicans walked out in masse.

The House eventually recessed at 11:18 p.m. But Republicans quickly discovered that there was no longer any record of the controversial vote and immediately charged Democrats with erasing the bad result.

A Video of the dust up:

Sources:
FNC
ABC News
The Wilkow Majority Radio Show

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4 08 2007
MysteriousWhispers

This just proves that in 2008 a Democratic vote is for Illegal Immigrants. We have to stop Special Interest Groups from Controlling our country. And this ACT by the House just proves they are owned!

Our next election will not be about Iraq; but securing our borders and Illegal Immigration.

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