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‘Now We’re In Charge’: Democrats Lock Out Republicans On Bipartisan Bills


House Democrats cut Republican Representative Richard Hudson out of new workforce legislation he had been working on with them, eliminating yet another opportunity for bipartisan collaboration.

But Democrats like Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) express no interest in anything but pushing ahead with Democratic legislation – and after 25 years of being mostly in the House minority, Doyle thinks it is high time.

“I don’t have thin skin about this, but when they were in charge, they had the rules,” Doyle told Politico.

“Now we’re in charge, and maybe some of them don’t understand that yet.”

Republican Richard Hudson expressed frustration with Democrat Bobby Rush for altering a bill the two had co-authored to introduce new workforce training programs. Rush has effectively removed Hudson from planning this bill.

“He reintroduced it, and he’s added all this money to it, and didn’t consult me,” Hudson told Politico.

“We didn’t mean to exclude you from the process. We’d love to work with you.” Hudson was told when he questioned why he had been excluded. But Hudson is still waiting to hear when exactly Rush would like to work with him again.

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Republicans like Hudson fume over the lack of collaboration in areas that would enable Republicans and Democrats to easily compromise. Other Republicans have also expressed frustration at the short periods of time they are given to look over bills, claiming that this indicates Democrats have no real interest in collaboration.

“Bipartisanship is asking for my input, not just for my vote,” said Texas Rep. Michael Burgess.

“Giving a member less than 24 hours to sign onto a piece of legislation they have never seen is discourteous, especially when we have said at each hearing thus far this Congress that we are willing to work in a bipartisan way.”

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  2. Like they say, it’s our way or the highway. Everything the Democrats do is a disaster and then they kick the can of disaster down the road or thy to fix it with more tax payers money. Then they exempt themselves from the disaster they caused.

  3. Let the Democrats have their way for now but when 2920 comes around the shoes will be on the other feet and so when Trump takes over once again and the House and Senate belong to the Republicans the Democrats will fade away. We the people have spoken.

  4. When is the GPP gonna learn that when they are in charge they could careless about what we have to say. So when we take the house back in 2020 you in the GOP need to finally stick togather and stick it to the liberals just like they do,to use. There is no playing fare with them. Wake up and just sit back wait your time. The senate isnt going to pass anything the liberals sends up so that we dont have ro worry about. I HOPE

  5. When will the Republicans ever learn. The Dems do not want them to participate, they want Republicans to just go away. The Republicans need to stop acting like the Dems are gentlemen/ladies.

  6. Wait….workforce training programs???
    Please cite Constitutional authority???

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