HR 589 is shot down this morning. Apparently the House Resolution violated a rule which says any legislation that changes existing law or creates new law cannot be added as an amendment. Unbeknownst to us Barbara Lee tried to attach HR 589 to the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Budget Resolution, a stopgap measure that will continue to fund the federal government.
The point of order was initiated by Congressman Denny Rehberg, a Republican from Montana.
The only way the bill can go forward now is through overwhelming support which would require republican support, which is not going to happen. It is disturbing to find out that our greatest advocate Barbara Lee evidently either does not know the House rules or somehow thought she was exempt from them.
We at From the Trenches had to learn this news through another news site as we are not among the privileged who are informed as a course of action by inside sources. However we did predict the fate of the legislation ahead of time.
I think we had better strongly consider starting to work on the Easter Project. Only through mass pressure from the outside are we going to accomplish anything. We offered to apply that pressure but Barbara Lee declined and as we all know we were treated like outsiders and with disrespect when we tried to help push the legislation on our own. Maybe the proponents of the 99ers will now see that they will never accomplish anything unless they break outside the status quo and the insider buddy buddy system and attack next time with a united 99er force, not only backing them, but participating in the process.