Dem caucus says no to tax deal, but will the partisan 'majority of the majority' doctrine prevail again?

Now that House Democrats have voted in their caucus to block the bipartisan tax deal, we'll see how Speaker Pelosi reacts.

In the meantime, I'd just like to bring back an old story I remembered, from when Republicans were in the majority:

Hastert Launches a Partisan Policy

By Charles Babington
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 27, 2004; Page A01

In scuttling major intelligence legislation that he, the president and most lawmakers supported, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert last week enunciated a policy in which Congress will pass bills only if most House Republicans back them, regardless of how many Democrats favor them.

Hastert's position, which is drawing fire from Democrats and some outside groups, is the latest step in a decade-long process of limiting Democrats' influence and running the House virtually as a one-party institution. Republicans earlier barred House Democrats from helping to draft major bills such as the 2003 Medicare revision and this year's intelligence package. Hastert (R-Ill.) now says such bills will reach the House floor, after negotiations with the Senate, only if “the majority of the majority” supports them….

Republicans “like to talk about bipartisanship,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “But when the opportunity came to pass a truly bipartisan bill — one that would have passed both the House and Senate overwhelmingly and would have made the American people safer — they failed to do it.”

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