Talking about an omnibus bill that failed to pass in the house, from The Corner:

Earlier this month, the House fell two votes shy of passing the bill under suspension of the rules, a maneuver that shields legislation from amendment or a motion to recommit but requires a two-thirds majority for passage. Senate leaders then devised a strategy to use a bill that had already passed the House — H.R. 146, a proposal to protect Revolutionary War battlefields — and strip its contents, replacing it with the omnibus lands bill.

Because the House already passed H.R. 146, the Rules Committee can approve a closed rule that would block a motion to recommit, eliminating the GOP’s best procedural chance to stymie the bill. The chamber would only need a simple majority vote to concur with the Senate amendment.

So House Dems can take any bill that has passed and change it to anything they want, related to the original or not, and pass it with their majority status.  This is government for some of the people, not all of us.  Republicans should be screaming at the top of their lungs about it.

Ed Morrisey of Hot AirIn computer parlance, it’s a Trojan Horse virus, intended to deliver bad legislation without giving its opponents any way to block it.  This process is the antithesis to openness and transparency.  Pelosi and Reid want to find new ways to gut the democratic (small d) process in order to impose unpopular legislation on America.

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