Friday, March 19, 2010

They opposed Slaughterhouse rule in 2005

Principled people firmly opposed using the Slaughter rule to move legislation in 2005. Guess who? Hot Air
The year was 2005, and Republicans needed to raise the US debt limit in order to cover the costs of their increased spending. The GOP used a self-executing rule to protect both Republicans and Democrats in the House from having to take an embarrassing vote to increase the national debt rather than start paying it down and cutting spending. A lawsuit by a famous political gadfly gave some Democrats an opportunity to make deficit spending a big issue in the upcoming midterms, and guess which Democrats seized that opportunity by writing amicus briefs for the lawsuit? Mark Tapscott recalls: But put aside the present for the moment and step into my time machine. Dial the date selector back to 2005 when the Republican majority in Congress approved a national debt limit increase using a self-executing rule similar to the Slaughter Solution.
Distinguished Harry Reid, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Louise Slaughter herself opposed using the Slaughter rule. Then it was called "self-executing rule." "Principled people"? No, politicians.

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