GOP jerry-rigged House rules on Oct. 1 to ensure govt stays shut down (video)

A little known video, before this weekend, has started to go viral as it shows how the House Republicans altered the US House standing rules on October 1, 2013 in order to ensure that the federal government would be shut down, and stay shut down.

It’s pretty arcane stuff, but awfully important.

Basically, the House Republicans changed the House rules on October 1 to ensure that House members could not call up the Senate bill that would have kept the government open. Had the rules not been changed, any member, Democrat or Republican, could have called the Senate bill up, and there very likely may have been enough Democrats and Republicans to pass it and keep the government open.

US Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) confirming that the Republicans changed the House rules on Oct 1, 2013 in order to ensure the federal government would be shut down.

US Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) confirming that the Republicans changed the House rules on Oct 1, 2013 in order to ensure the federal government would be shut down.

So US House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, changed the rules of the entire House of Representatives in order to ensure that the entire federal government be shut down in order to force the defunding of Obamacare.

Here’s Democratic Cong. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, asking Republican Jason Chaffetz about the rule change:

Van Hollen: H. Res. 368 changed the standing rules of the House to take away from any member of the House the privilege of calling up the Senate bill to immediately reopen the government, is that right?

Chaffetz: It did change the operation of the standing rule.

It seems that Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, and their racist Tea Party brethren were protesting at the wrong building this weekend when they went to the White House to complain about the shutdown – a shutdown that Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and the Tea Party supported and helped orchestrate.

And now we have the ultimate proof that the entire shutdown was the handiwork of the Tea Party controlled House Republicans.  They wanted to ensure that even if the votes were there, no one would be able to reopen the government.  Amazing.

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49 Responses to “GOP jerry-rigged House rules on Oct. 1 to ensure govt stays shut down (video)”

  1. Bruce says:

    Acts7: You just proved exactly two things: Jacks and Sh_t. And Jack just left town. Hail to the King, baby.

  2. Jim Olson says:


  3. Vinnie Rowe says:

    It’s not fake. There are many res. 368’s. Look it up by date…H.res 368 Oct 1 2013. The first page is HJ 59 EAH…the 2nd page is HRES 368 EH…and it’s sec.2. It’s well hidden, and may be the reason for 7 dem votes.

  4. Guest says:

    you mean:{%22search%22:[%22hres368%22]}

  5. Naja pallida says:

    Sorry, but it’s not “on the fringes”. Reasonable people, such as yourself, are not doing anyone any favors by making excuses for them, and refusing to repudiate them. The racists need to be driven back to the stone age where they belong, not front and center at every public rally. And before you say that’s the media’s fault for covering them, no… not really. The story could be that the Tea Party stood up to racists who showed up to a rally, and demanded they ditch the racist rhetoric or leave, but that is never the case. People are always there cheering them on.

  6. Sherri Shultz says:

    But to over emphasize something that exists on the fringes and a small number and then to say that they ALL think the same things is wrong. If 1 person out of 100 thinks something it does not mean that all 100 think that.

  7. Moderator4 says:

    Nobody was deleting your comments. One of your comments went to the Spam folder, which is a Disqus automatic function that we do not control.
    We have just now deleted your recent comments, though, except for this one, because you keep repeating yourself.

  8. Acts7 says:


  9. Acts7 says:

    Every time you delete my comments you prove my point.

    This is manufactured AND FAKE

  10. Acts7 says:



  11. Acts7 says:


    H.J.Res.368 – Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing for 4-year terms for Members of the House of Representatives.

  12. SKS says:

    You may be right about the water. Where I live, we allowed a big tax increase on our water so that in case of a terrorist attack on the water system they would be prepared to run the system manually. That went well, the first big storm that came through shutdown our water for 3 days. So much for our taxes going for what it is supposed to.

    IOU’s won’t pay the bills, but unemployment benefits will. They will be fine. As a matter of fact, they will be the only middle class remaining. Due to the healthcare bill middle class will soon be a thing of the past. Even unions are talking about that.

    As far as the domestic violence shelters – the House has been passing all kinds of bills to make sure families in need are cared for. Harry Reid has decided that it is not politically advantageous for his cause to allow these bills to be voted on. Once they have our healthcare the same thing will happen to that. Perhaps another way of funding needs to be set up. We need to think outside the box. Turning everything over to the government is not a good thing. Look at the trouble Europe is in with all of the entitlement programs they have. They are trying to figure out how to back out of it. We, on the other hand, are going full steam ahead into the abyss.

  13. Sarah Durant says:

    You must be drinking the water. No one’s testing it, by the way. Start filtering; it’s affecting your brain.

    The US constitution was never based on protecting its citizens. We invented dividing a person’s humanity into 8ths–we used the power from their bodies in the fields and in the capitol and gave them nothing in return. The constitution secured the rights for only a small percentage of this country’s residents. We had to add, and we’re still having to add, basic rights and dignities for the rest. Power here isn’t in the hands of the people, it’s still based on the whims of wealthy landowners–we just changed the medium and delivery.

    Not all federal workers are getting back-pay, many are currently working without pay and may or may not be paid later. It’s kind of a mess because many of the people that would normally be managing the logistics were furloughed. And anyway, you can’t exactly pay rent or put dinner on the table with an IOU. To call this a vacation for furloughed workers is nothing short of insulting. In the meantime, those jobs aren’t being done, and services are shut down or minimized. Shelters for domestic violence victims have closed around the country. Like I said, no one’s checking water quality. The CDC shut down for a while, but they had to call workers in because of a serious salmonella outbreak. They still don’t have enough workers to adequately track new outbreaks should they arise. But don’t worry about it. Just cook all of your food very, very, very thoroughly, boil your water. You’ll be fine.

  14. SKS says:

    Don’t worry, it will be okay. The government will not default, they are only trying to scare you. That is what big government does, rule by fear and intimidation. As far as trying to “force another party to make severe changes”, that goes on all of the time. All this stuff makes it all too clear to me that the government is way too big. Just look at what they are doing to you. What do you think will happen when they have control of your healthcare too? Have you ever heard the phrase “the bigger the government the smaller the citizen”? I think people in this country should give that some serious thought.

    Are you aware of what made this country so great and so different from any other country in the world? It was the Constitution. It was the first time a country was based on a document that protected the citizens from the government. That is the whole point of it. Other countries are based on the power of the government, ours was based on the power of the people. Not too many people are aware of that anymore.

    The government gets enough money already to keep up armed forces for our protection, and to care for anyone who truly needs it. Instead they waste our money and in order to gain more control they convince as many people as they can that they are victims and that they will get nowhere in this terrible country without the government holding their hand, giving them their measly little pittance of a handout.

    As far as the government employees go, don’t worry about them, they will be getting their back pay. Just think of it as them getting a nice vacation.

  15. David McMahon says:

    UM!!! Well when has this tactic been used to keep the government shut down… at risk of default… to try to force another party to make severe changes on an unrelated subject… NEVER! It is one thing to do shit like this when it is a little rule here and there… still not right… but it is a different story when the government is shutdown… and thousands are out of work… pass the buck all ya want… it is still the reps that set this up and are driving it straight into the ground!!

  16. Naja pallida says:

    So when describing a zebra, best not mention the stripes.

  17. Jarin says:

    I think maybe you replied to the wrong comment?
    Edit: Oh, that was probably in reply to my comment above. And no, one comment doesn’t. A pattern of them from their supposed “leaders” is a bit more problematic, though.

  18. Sherri Shultz says:

    One person out of all the people who were there does not make everybody who was there a racist.

  19. Sherri Shultz says:

    You had me in the article until I got to the part where it said the tea party is racist. If both sides would stop with the incendiary remarks and just stick to the facts they would hold a lot more water with me. While a handful are racist not all are and to imply that they are takes away from the truthfulness in the whole article at least for me.

  20. Jeff Moen says:

    The fact that this is not on the front page of every newspaper in the country should dispel the myth of the liberal media once and for all as well as this article:

  21. SKS says:

    Harry Reid has been doing the same in the Senate since long before this shutdown. He will not allow any votes on any bills that come from the House. The House has learned from the Senate. Of course the media won’t let anyone know about that. A pox on both your houses!

  22. Jarin says:

    Crappy construction sounds about right. Also evokes gerrymandering, which got us into this mess.

  23. Jarin says:

    Did you follow the link? It’s pretty blatant.

  24. Rob says:

    Labeling the Tea party as racist says a lot about your Objectivity in reporting the news.

  25. Duke Woolworth says:

    It’s jury rigged, a nautical term for fixing broken sailing gear with whatever’s available. Jerry built refers to crappy construction, named after Germans during WWII.

  26. BeccaM says:

    I don’t think so.

  27. BeccaM says:

    There’s not enough scotch in the world to make me willing to watch that rodeo clown con man’s online TV channel.

  28. EdA says:

    Hi, I’ve watched part of the video. Briefly, Chair Pete Sessions misrepresented the purpose of the rules change, implying that its purpose was to keep Teatotalitarians from delaying votes on a clean continuing resolution, and the Dems believed him despite the fact that Sessions is a Republiscum AND from Texas AND a Methodist.

  29. realblue10 says:


  30. Jeff Moen says:

    That is the only thing that makes sense. The 9 republicans changed the rule without the dem members being present. You can see here where there was supposedly a vote: I guess maybe they just recorded the dem votes as nay without them being present? If that is true I can’t see this not be reviewed by the ethics committee and sanctions levied.

  31. Gary Roberts says:

    Check out Blaze TV, the Repub comments are actually cheering this action by the House Speaker to crush democracy. Until now I have not felt a burning desire to see the Republican Party dismantled. We have several other parties so it would not disturb the Constitutions check and balance.

  32. ckg1 says:

    Because IOKIYAR.

  33. Monoceros Forth says:

    By the way, I have to point out a trivial detail: the expression is “jury-rigged”, deriving from the term “jury mast” for a temporary spar erected to replace a broken ship’s mast. There is a related expression, “jerry-built”, whose etymology I do not know.

  34. Jim Olson says:

    Why have these people not been arrested for sedition?

  35. EdA says:

    I have no idea why the Dems on the Rules Committee did not blow the whistle. However, and this is purely conjecture, it is not beyond possibility that they were not informed of the meeting during which this coup d’etat was implemented.

  36. citizen_spot says:

    Yes, because everyone knows that decreased revenue has absolutely nothing to do with the deficit and long term debt…not. When Republicans complain about “tax and spend” Democratic policies and then turn around an adopt “decreased tax but keep spending” policies when in power, it becomes clear who is more responsible for driving up the debt. Darth Cheney famously said “deficits don’t matter” when the president is a Republican, but as soon as a Democrat wins the White House, then the Republicans crank up the “Oh woe, the debt is too high!” propaganda catapult. Both sides do not share equally in driving up the debt.

  37. Jeff Moen says:

    Let me start by saying I am outraged at what the republicans in the house have done and hold them 100% responsible for this circus we are watching. However I have to ask why has this rule change only recently come to light? There are 4 democrats on the rules committee. Why didn’t they inform their colleagues of this? Is there something more sinister going on here?

  38. “Give us complete control of the US government or we will destroy America.”
    Isn’t that redundant?

  39. Dave says:

    What foolish words. The debt “crisis” has been in process for decades and caused by both parties. Neither party gives a damn about the health and welfare of this great country and all of them spend like a drunken sailor on shore leave. Decades of fiscal abuse is what has caused the debt and it will continue to deteriorate this country to the point of bankruptcy.

  40. NMRon says:

    Rules of Order . . . We don’t need no stinkin’ Rules of Order. Rethugs: first to scream, “I’m a victim!” First to ratfuck anyone in their way. Psychopathic terrorists everyone of them.

  41. cole3244 says:

    another name for democracy republican style is fascism.

  42. fletcher says:

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels! I hope that video gets wide play..

  43. Matt Rogers says:

    The mainstream media needs to report on this. It’s a stealth strike against democracy. The repubs would love for this to be hidden from the voters, and we can’t let that happen.

  44. Kevin Morgan says:

    This is an internal coup attempt by the republicans. All attempts to dismantle ACA have failed in the political process so they organized this threat to force their way. Their threat is simple. “Give us complete control of the US government or we will destroy America.”

  45. BeccaM says:

    Meanwhile, the Republicans have the sheer gall to scream “Constitutional crisis!” and “unprecedented!” when Senate Democrats suggest filibuster reforms. Including a rule change so that 41 bat-sh*t Senate GOP arsonists can’t burn down the entire country’s economy.

    Oh, and by the way: It should be ridiculously obvious to any but the willfully self-deluded that both the shutdown and the debt-default Constitutional crisis have been deliberately engineered to happen by the Republicans in the House (and to a lesser degree, in the Senate). They’re the ones who’ve systematically chained shut all the fire exits.

  46. greenman47 says:

    Nobody will notice this. The people who care already know they GOP is obstructing in any way possible and those that don’t care, don’t care. I with truth mattered but, alas, it doesn’t. Will this make it into the “liberal” media? I think not.

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