"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."
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.