CHESS PLAYED ON A LEGISLATIVE GAME BOARD :-$:-P:-( Senate voted on more amendments in January than it did in all of 2014 | PunditFact

Published February 3, 2015 by wallacedarwin

IT’S OFTEN NOT AT ALL ABOUT THE LEGISLATION:-$ IT’S NOT WHAT IT APPEARS TO BE O:-)
PLOYS WILL BE PLOYS 😉 HOW A BILL BECOMES A RAW 😥
“SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK” IT’S NOT! 😥
SEE FOR YOURSELF:

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2015/feb/02/phil-kerpen/claim-mitch-mcconnell-has-already-allowed-more-ame/

Harry Reid, D-Nev., relied on a funny-sounding procedure called “filling the amendment tree.” Basically, Reid filled the docket allowed for amendments by adding amendments with inconsequential changes that no one else could override. The procedural tactic prevented Republican-sponsored amendments from being heard on the floor.

“He did that more than any of his predecessors,” Donald Ritchie, Senate historian, told PunditFact.

Reid wasn’t doing this just to be a not-so-nice guy. To Democrats, it was to counter Republican tactics. Unlike the House, the Senate does not have strict rules for the substance of amendments that can be attached to bills (i.e., you could add a health care amendment onto a defense spending bill).

And that’s exactly what happened in years past. Republicans began introducing off-topic amendments that, for example, cut off U.S. aid to Egypt or, a favorite of Sen. David Vitter, R-La., to eliminate health care subsidies for Senate staffers. No matter what the topic of the bill. Sometimes this was in effort to force difficult votes for Democrats back home.

To Republicans, Reid’s style of blocking amendments emulated an uncooperative and off-the-rails leadership style — one that is tremendously well-documented — that stymied policymaking.

To Democrats, it was necessary to get anything accomplished. Republicans were filibustering votes on the underlying bills and not committing to a vote in exchange for allowing some amendments, said Steven S. Smith, a political science professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

“Reid saw they were filibustering everything, bringing the place to a standstill,” 

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