Let 583 flowers bloom 

That's the number of amendments pending on the 2011 spending bill that the House is currently considering. They won't all get a vote -- probably many will be withdrawn voluntarily (some already have). But it's a wonderful thing to see so many members participate for real in the debate over spending levels for the rest of this year. We haven't seen this kind of representative democracy in the House for at least a decade.

The latest amendments to be filed can be viewed here, beginning on the bottom right of the first page, and the original 403 amendments are here. Note that any amendment that says it adds funds on page 359 of the bill is a genuine spending cut (the "deficit reduction account" is on page 359 of the bill).

Perhaps the House Republican leadership will decide that this is too much and change the procedures next time. But that would be very disappointing.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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