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August 04, 2007

Did Democrats cheat for Illegals? (Drew)

It’s a little inside baseball but there’s been a pretty big brew ha ha going on in the House of Representatives for the past few days. Hot Air has a lot of details but basically what happened is the Republicans wanted to send the agriculture bill back to the House Appropriations Committee for amendments:

Democrats appeared to have won the vote, but with the voting time apparently having expired, GOP leaders persuaded three Latino Republicans who had voted with the Democrats to change their votes. At the same time, Democrats say, five Democratic lawmakers who had voted with Republicans were scrambling to change their votes as well. With two of the GOP votes changed, Democrats gaveled the vote shut, 214 to 214, and declared that they had won. But the public tally showed that the Republicans had won, 215 to 213, just as the vote was declared for the Democrats. The official final tally was 216 to 212 in the Democrats' favor.

But hey rules, traditions and fairness be damned, these are Democrats we are talking about.

Here’s the kicker…

What was the underlying measure being voted on? The Republicans wanted the bill to include a prohibition on benefits in the bill being extended to illegal aliens.


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