"It's clear that although it's a partisan bill, the Republicans are not united and they're trying to figure out how to get from where they are to where they want to be," Hoyer said. "They're not splitting it up for us, they're splitting it up because they're trying to resolve their internal deep disagreements. They're a caucus divided among themselves."
Rules Committee Democrats are expressing outrage about the move as well. In a letter addressed to Dreier obtained by Roll Call, the Members said splitting the package up into "random bills" is making "an already bad situation worse," and they called on Dreier to postpone today's meeting.
"At best, this is a thinly veiled attempt to force through bad legislation that many of your own Members do not support," they wrote. "At worst, this new approach is in direct violation of your own leadership's stated commitment to transparency and undermines the integrity of the legislative process for the sake of political expediency."
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.