Ryan breaks record for shutting down floor debate (Got dictator?)

Paul Ryan vowed an end to the much-despised top-down approach of his predecessor when he took the speaker’s gavel in 2015, promising a House that’s “more open, more inclusive, more deliberative, more participatory.”

“We’re not going to bottle up the process so much and predetermine the outcome of everything around here,” he said in his first news conference as speaker.

But two years later, the House Rules Committee, which is controlled by the speaker, just set a record for the most closed rules in a session — barring lawmakers for the 49th time from offering amendments on a bill.

Ryan has yet to allow a single piece of legislation to be governed by an open rule, which allows members to propose changes on the floor.

via Ryan breaks record for shutting down floor debate – POLITICO

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