I wanted to follow-up on a post I made yesterday. See here:
Yesterday, I talked about how, during his weekly radio address, Bush blamed Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid for derailing the "deal" on the immigration bill. (Reid used a procedural tactic to stop certain amendments on the bill from being considered).
And I mentioned that before the Republicans criticize Reid for stopping amendments from being considered, they need to take a look at their own record in this area. For example, when a Katrina relief bill was before the House, House Republicans stopped a Democratic amendment from being considered; an amendment which would have included more relief measures.
Well lo and behold, MSNBC is carrying a story that talks about this very issue:
"After having vowed to eliminate the "closed rules" Democrats used to quash GOP ideas, Republicans used the same tactics to stifle debate. During the past Congress -- the 108th -- only 22 percent of legislation was considered with an open rule allowing the minority to offer amendments from the floor, compared with 30 percent under the Democrats' 103rd Congress. When Democrats offered 29 amendments to a medical malpractice bill last Congress, GOP leaders blocked all of them from coming to a vote."