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The night before the government would ultimately be shutdown, a time when everyone was still talking as if they were trying to avoid a shutdown, the GOP covertly changed a standing house rule that would allow any member of house to enter a motion to dispose of the amendment that was clogging things up. Under the rule change only Majority Leader Eric Cantor or his designee could make this motion now. This is clear proof that not only was the shutdown planned by the GOP but they went out of their way to make sure that no one could end it unless they wanted it to end.
The man taking them to task is Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.
Late in the evening on September 30, 2013, the House Rules Committee Republicans changed the Rules of the House so that the ONLY Member allowed to call up the Senate’s clean CR for a vote was Majority Leader Eric Cantor or his designee — all but guaranteeing the government would shut down a few hours later and would stay shut down. Previously, any Member would have had the right to bring the CR up for a vote. Democracy has been suspended in the House of Representatives.