Ryan sets record for closing down debate in House: report


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.

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