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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.