Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Dems Already Decide to Break First Campaign Promise

In a bid to generate headlines of success, Congressional Democrats have decided to exclude Republicans from participating in new legislation.

From the Washington Post:
But instead of allowing Republicans to fully participate in deliberations, as promised after the Democratic victory in the Nov. 7 midterm elections, Democrats now say they will use House rules to prevent the opposition from offering alternative measures, assuring speedy passage of the bills and allowing their party to trumpet early victories.
So much for Democratic promises of bipartisanship, if anyone really believed them.

But the new Congress will feature something that has been absent from the legislative branch since Republicans took both Houses in 1994 - a loyal opposition.