House Speaker Paul Ryan has reportedly set a record for closing down floor debate in the House.
Politico reported the House Rules Committee, controlled by Ryan, has not allowed lawmakers to give amendments on a bill for the 49th time — breaking a record for the most closed rules in a session.
“The Republican Majority has now made history for all the wrong reasons,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) in a statement.
“Under Speaker Ryan’s leadership, this session of Congress has now become the most closed Congress in history.”
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said when lawmakers offer amendments, they “have to be approved by leadership before we get a vote on them.”
“And that’s not how our system is supposed to work,” he said.
“Our system was designed to reflect the will of the people … And the Speaker’s job is to ensure the system is open and [lawmakers] are given a fair opportunity to present their amendments,” he continued.[contentcards url=”http://thehill.com/homenews/house/359329-ryan-sets-record-for-closing-down-debate-in-house-report” target=”_blank”]