House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, told reporters late Thursday evening there would be not vote on Speaker Boehner’s debt ceiling bill, Congressman David Dreier, California Republican and Chairman of the Rules Committee called his members into a meeting to discuss giving House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, same day authorization to his bill so changes in the legislation could be made within 24 hours without putting the it through the rules committee and require a 2/3 super majority in House.: RULE
Waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules.
1Resolved, That the requirement of clause 6(a) of rule 2 XIII for a two-thirds vote to consider a report from the 3 Committee on Rules on the same day it is presented to 4 the House is waived with respect to any resolution re- 5ported through the legislative day of August 2, 2011.
The rule passed out of committee in a straight party line vote.
Democrats on the Committee called it “martial law.” However, Chairman Dreier insisted to the rule was needed saying, “The rules committee is in a position, we have support on the floor from the House of Representatives, to same day authority so that we will be able to have the maximum degree of flexibility to give to the Speaker of the House to address this issue.”
Rep. James McGovern, Massachusetts Democrat, was particularly vocal and went after the same day rule that was passed out of the committee.
“We’ve gone from embracing an open rule, to a closed rule now a Martial law rule. You’re shutting down the process. I would suggest to you that the problem is not within the House of Representatives here,” he said.”The problem is your leadership needs to be more flexible on working with a deal with the president and the Senate. And I would say this with enthusiasm. You are responsible for putting us in this position and moving this economy to a brink where quite frankly none of us want to be.”
Other testy exchanges between members of the Rules Committee happened during the debate of the rule. Congressman Alcee Hastings, Florida Democrat, took a swipe at Republicans saying, “Mr. Chairman, quite honestly this is a mess. And you’re right. Your party ran indicating, among other things, that Democrats couldn’t govern. I don’t ever want to hear anybody else talk that Democrats not being able to govern.”
Mr. Dreier pointed to the fact that Republicans were saying that when Democrats had control of both chambers and the White House. “We are seeking to govern in a bi-partisan way reaching out to work with this White House and the United States Senate,” he said.