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Ep.11: Frequent ‘Poison Pills’ Are Grinding Congress to a Halt

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CQ Roll Call’s Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim and CQ Magazine Deputy Editor Jason Dick break down how so-called ‘poison pill’ amendments get the majority party in Congress to sink its own legislation. Yes, you read right. Though it’s a time-honored tactic, such make-or-break amendments are flying with greater frequency in an election year with few viable pieces of legislation in either the House or Senate. And they are disrupting Republicans’ hopes of restoring regular order and transparency to the budgeting process.


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