Democrats in Congress have effectively shut out Republicans from the legislative process since taking control of the House, multiple members of the GOP told Politico on Monday.
Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., told Politico that in the past two sessions of Congress, he and Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., have cooperated on a bill that would boost workforce-training initiatives. This year, however, Rush “reintroduced it… added all this money to it, and didn’t consult” Hudson, according to the Republican.
“I don’t have thin skin about this, but when they were in charge, they had the rules,” said Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., who’s served in the House for more than two decades. “Now we’re in charge, and maybe some of them don’t understand that yet.”
“Now that Rep. Rush is chairman, he decided to beef up the legislation by adding funding to make it easier for candidates who are going through training to receive wages while they are doing so,” a spokesperson for the congressman told Politico. “Chairman Rush continues to reach out to Republicans in hopes that they will finally agree to fund this jobs program.”
Florida GOP Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart added that he thought Democrats would approach him to work on legislation for Dreamers, which has been a key issue of his in recent years, but Democrats released their own plan without any Republican sponsors.
“I feared that this was going to be Democratic leadership’s strategy — not trying to actually work in a way to put bills on the floor to become law, but on the contrary, doing it in a way that it won’t become law, just to score political points,” Diaz-Balart told Politico.
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