1997: Three Scenes from Act II of the GOP Revolution
The aforementioned rule failed 213-210 due largely to the efforts of the right wing of the 105th sophomore group-a group eleven members strong at the core, but influential with thirty to fifty members. Democrats voted with the core rebel Republicans because they did not want to see a rule accepted that would facilitate passage of a resolution including a 48 percent increase in funding for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee. This is the committee involved in investigating Democrat fund-raising in the White House. According to the dissenters, about thirty members of the class were firmly on their side in the matter, but since it only took a short dozen to accomplish the purpose, there was no reason for other members to bear any heat.