http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/04/washington/04cnd-cong.html Democrats Take the Gavels in Congress By DAVID STOUT Published: January 4, 2007 Democrats have a narrow edge in the Senate: 51 of the 100 seats (counting Bernard Sanders of Vermont and Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, both elected as independents but caucusing with the Democrats). House GOP Uses Procedural Tactic To Frustrate Democratic Majority - washingtonpost.com Motion to Recommit Employed to Delay or Alter Legislation By Lyndsey Layton Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, May 19, 2007 House Republicans, fighting to remain relevant in a chamber ruled by Democrats, have increasingly seized on a parliamentary technique to alter or delay nearly a dozen pieces of legislation pushed by the majority this year. Since January, GOP leaders have relied on a maneuver known as the "motion to recommit" to stymie Democrats and score political points for Republicans still adjusting to life in the minority. In the 12 years of Republican control that ended in January, Democrats passed 11 motions to recommit. Republicans have racked up the same number in just five months of this Congress. GOP leaders were incensed and threatened to use all available procedural techniques to block every bill except war spending legislation. ---------------------------------------------------- During the last Presidential election, Democrats took a "super majority" in the Senate, but because there are "conservative" Democrats, they sometimes vote with Republican conservatives to promote corporate interests over the good of the American people. The Republicans on this board like to say the economy fell apart because Democrats took control of both houses. Considering that Democrats only had 51 votes and that two votes were actually "independent" and the president had veto power HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?????????????? What Democratic legislation caused the economy to fall apart in just two measly years? And don't forget, it takes MONTHS to pass legislation. TIME TO PUT UP OR SHUT TF UP!!!!!!!!!