Incoming Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) called House Republicans rules changes a dramatic and fiscally irresponsible approach to implementing their priorities.
In a preview of their messaging strategy as the new minority party, Democrats lobbed fierce rhetoric Tuesday over the rules package and the repeal vote. Reps. Jim Cooper (Tenn.), Gary Peters (Mich.), Gerry Connolly (Va.) and Ted Deutch (Fla.) sent a letter to Boehner on Tuesday saying amendments to the rules package should be allowed. Dreier pointed out Tuesday that the rules package already includes input from Democratic Reps. Robert Brady (Pa.) and Robert Andrews (N.J.).
Rep. John Yarmuth (Ky.) fired off his own letter to Dreier and GOP Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas), arguing that a rules provision allowing the Budget chairman to craft a budgetary blueprint without consulting committee members “makes a mockery of our legislative process.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) called on Republicans to make public a “plain language” version of bills three days before they are considered.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.