Republicans, Democrats Agree on New Rules for Congress Under Next GOP President
Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress signed a landmark agreement codifying new rules for the House and Senate under the next GOP President. Negotiated by Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), John Cornyn (R-TX), Harry Reid (D-NV) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the 10-point deal provides guidelines for filibuster, judicial nominees, executive branch appointments, the debt ceiling, government shutdowns and other recent areas of conflict between the parties.
As Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus acknowledged, the impetus for the bipartisan agreement was the growing public backlash to the GOP's unprecedented blockade of the Supreme Court left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
"With our record-setting use of the filibuster, our debt-ceiling hostage-takings, our unheard of sabotage of the President's foreign policy and our repeated government shutdown threats, we were prepared for charges of "asymmetric polarization" and the like. But frankly, we went too far with the SCOTUS strategy pretending that it was all business as usual. Voters were starting to doubt that 'both sides do it,' so we had to act."
Under the terms of the "Both Sides Really Do Do It Compact" or BSRDDIC, Republicans agreed that they would raise no objections if Congressional Democrats resorted to any of a list of 10 tactics to thwart the next GOP president. In exchange, Democrats promised to never use them. As DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz explained:
"For the past seven years, Republican have engaged in practices that brought Washington to a halt. They made a mockery of the norms of Congress and the separation of powers, ultimately threatening American democracy itself. We're grateful that our GOP friends have agreed to let us use those same tactics. Of course, we won't; we're Democrats."
Here are the 10 tactics Republicans have made available to Democrats under the BSRDDIC:
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