2 thoughts on “Adventures in Congress — Republican Style of governing

  1. Footnote says:

    On May 22, 1856, the “world’s greatest deliberative body” became a combat zone. In one of the most dramatic and deeply ominous moments in the Senate’s entire history, South Carolina Democratic congressman Preston Brooks beat Senator Charles Sumner nearly to death with a cane on the Senate floor after Sumner delivered an anti-slavery speech, “The Crime Against Kansas.” https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/The_Caning_of_Senator_Charles_Sumner.htm
    The beating contributed significantly to the country’s polarization over the issue of slavery and is considered to be symbolic of the “breakdown of reasoned discourse” and the use of violence that eventually led to the Civil War.

  2. New Rules says:

    “…The rules package was at the center of McCarthy’s fight for the speakership. The 55-page document lays out the GOP priorities for the next two years and the procedures Republicans will use to run the chamber.
    However, there’s also a secret three-page addendum that McCarthy and his allies hashed out during several days of grueling negotiations with the House Freedom Caucus. This pact includes the most controversial concessions McCarthy made in order to become speaker – three seats on the Rules Committee for conservatives, freezing spending at FY2022 levels, a debt-ceiling strategy, coveted committee assignments and more.
    As of now, only two Republicans have publicly signaled they may vote against the rules package: Reps. Tony Gonzales (Texas) and Nancy Mace (S.C.).”
    Punchbowl news “McCarthy’s first test” January 9, 2023 https://punchbowl.news/archive/1923-punchbowl-news-am/

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