Concentrated power has decimated the House and made legislators into actors. Here’s how many votes have been allowed on floor-offered (not prescreened by speaker) amendments by year: 2011: 414 2012: 153 2013: 61 2014: 96 2015: 94 2016: 29 2017: 0 2018: 0 2019: 0 2020: 0 2021: 0

3:40 PM · Sep 26, 2021

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There’s something more startling about this data that should be mentioned: 2017 was the first year with a 0 in the history of our country. And it seems to be here to stay.
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Replying to @justinamash
who killed the legislative branch?
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Replying to @justinamash
I have a feeling this is partly about the decrease of amendments as a tool for improving legislation, and the increase of amendments being used as a tool to defeat legislation (poison pills, etc.). It's a sign of the destructive partisanship in Washington, I think.
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It still works in the Senate. Not the House though.
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Replying to @justinamash
Vote out anyone who isn’t pro-crypto.
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Replying to @justinamash
The problem is the legislators want to be celebrities and are perfectly happy not legislating. Leadership is a big part of the story, but so are the culture warriors seeking office for grift.
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They’d rather yell at each other on the Capitol steps to go viral than actually be legislators
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Astounding.
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Replying to @justinamash
Part of this is the practice of proposing poison-pill amendments. Deal with the cause, not just the effect.
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