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In a rare move, rank-and-file GOP lawmakers have joined with Democrats to force a vote on legislation reviving the Export-Import Bank.
It has taken nearly five years and the resignation of a speaker, but moderate Republicans in the House have taken their most aggressive step to undermine the influence of hard-right conservatives in the party.
A group of more than 50 GOP lawmakers joined nearly the entire Democratic caucus to force a vote on legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, the 80-year-old federal lending agency that shuttered when Republican leaders refused to renew its charter. The bipartisan coalition on Friday introduced the bill through a discharge petition, a rarely-used procedural mechanism that allows lawmakers to bypass both committees and the leadership to call up legislation signed by a majority of the House. It’s a maneuver that was last executed 13 years ago and only five times in the last eight decades, lawmakers said.
originally posted by: MrSpad
I thought all of us left the party and went indie when the nutters took over. Out Government was designed to work under compromise. When one party refuses to do that you end up with what we have no, a Congress that has been the 2 least productive of all time. Of course it makes it even worse when GOP is spends most its time fighting itself. The moderates either regain control or the GOP is dead as a national party.
The GOP needs to purge the Theocratic Fascist from their ranks or get used to losing, because most people are moderate, middle of the road and are scared ****less of the extreme right wing. This is from a purely local perspective. Nationally it's just to crazy, surreal and disillusionary to call....