Letter: Hastings voted wrong way on House rule change
Prior to the impasse over reopening the government after the Republican manufactured shutdown, a majority of House members went on record saying that if given the opportunity to vote, they would support a "clean" continuing resolution.
According to the standing rules of the House, any member could have brought the CR to the floor, a vote would have been taken, and the shutdown would have ended early. Much of the damage to the economy and to people's lives could have been prevented.
However, on the eve of the shutdown, the House Rules Committee slipped through a resolution (House Resolution 368) denying members their long-standing privilege and giving that right exclusively to House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, R-VA.
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This was a shameless attempt by Republicans, pressured by their tea party caucus, to undermine the nation's democratic processes. Only nine House Republicans had the courage to vote against this travesty. U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings was not one of them. Hastings, who was elected to represent a district whose very existence as a viable economic entity depends mightily on the federal government, abandoned the interests of his constituents and bowed to the more extreme elements of the Republican Party. Shame on you, Doc Hastings.
RICHARD BADALAMENTE, Kennewick