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That was then, this is now: Part 7,605
Posted by: mcq on Thursday, March 22, 2007

Steny Hoyer talking about Republican leadership during the 109th Congress:
In a July 8, 2004, news release, Hoyer railed against GOP leaders for extending a 15-minute vote to 38 minutes in order to defeat a spending amendment offered by former Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

"House Republican leaders proved once again today that they will stop at virtually nothing to win a vote, even if that means running roughshod over the most basic principles of democracy such as letting members vote their conscience and calling the vote after the allotted time has elapsed," Hoyer said.

"They ought to be ashamed of themselves, but when it comes to holding votes open and twisting the arms of their own members they clearly have no shame,’’ he went on. “These back-alley tactics have no place in the greatest deliberative body in the world. They might be the lifeblood of the tin-horn dictator, but not a world leader. It's an embarrassment.”
Steny Hoyer, part of the Democratic leadership of the 110th Congress, on voting for the supplemental spending bill:
Asked Wednesday night whether Democrats would keep to the time limit, Hoyer paused, then pointed out that many votes can run a few minutes longer for various reasons. Pressed further by a reporter who pointed out that Democrats themselves had often criticized Republicans on this very point, Hoyer said, "It won't be open three hours. How about that?"

"How about 30 minutes?" the reporter asked.

"I won't guarantee it," Hoyer replied.
Democrat promise if given power:
On their first day in the majority in January, Democrats amended the House rules to mandate that a vote "shall not be held open for the sole purpose of reversing the outcome of such vote."

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Previous Comments to this Post 

They can satisfy that rule and hold open the vote as long as the people they’re trying to influence haven’t voted yet (i.e., there would be no outcome to reverse).

But they really shouldn’t be making promises they can’t keep (although I suppose they wouldn’t be politicians then).
Written By: Ugh
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Hypocracy? From politicians?

The hell you say! How dare you suggest such a thing...

We all know that politicians (Liberals espectially) are kind, caring, honest, mild-tempered people who would never do something like that...

Oh, wait... Sorry, I was lost in Bizarro-World for a second there.
Written By: Scott
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The Democrats came into office premising changes from the way the Republicans ran things. The five-day work week lasted about a week. So far they are batting about one hundred percent in failing to keep those promises. As expected we are back to politics as usual, answering the question “How do you know a politician is lying?” “His lips are moving.”
Written By: James E. Fish
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