Ryan sets record for closing down debate in House: report

Ryan sets record for closing down debate in House: report

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOn The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Stopping the next insurrection Former Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 MORE 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 AmashJustin AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics MORE (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.

"Right now that's really broken and it seems to me that people in power here prefer a system where you have as few votes as possible and you attach everything to one or two votes and then everyone has the excuse that they had to vote for it because it has everything in it."

The report comes after Ryan in 2015 promised an open process.

“We're not going to bottle up the process so much and predetermine the outcome of everything around here,” he said at the time, during his first news conference as Speaker.

Ryan told reporters Tuesday there is an "open process."

"We're going through the committee process," he said. "All these bills are going through the committee."

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) also pushed back against the idea that there is an open process.

“Open process my foot,” he said Tuesday in response to Ryan's comments.

“I guess in the age of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' Sinema reignites 2024 primary chatter amid filibuster fight  Why not a Manchin-DeSantis ticket for 2024? MORE words simply don’t matter anymore. Black is white. Up is down. Open is closed. And politicians can say whatever they think sounds good and think they can get away with it — facts be damned.”

Rep. Morgan GriffithHoward (Morgan) Morgan GriffithHillicon Valley — Biden's misinformation warning Lawmakers call on tech firms to take threat of suicide site seriously, limit its visibility With overdoses at a record high, we must crack down on fentanyl-related substances MORE (R-Va.), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said he thinks the process has “improved,” but he would like to see more items reach the floor.

“Let’s fight it out,” he said. “If the idea can win on the floor then that’s what the American people want. That’s what the representative government is about.”