Whether it was unknowingly aided by the Trump administration or just the ridiculousness of the proposal, the biggest House of Representatives debate in recent memory focused on proposals to curb the use of cash in bankruptcy proceedings. Lawmakers in favor of the legislation — championed by Representative Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado — ended up voting against their own proposal after discovering that the overwhelming majority of the legislation had been written by members of the hard right, including Representatives Warren Davidson of Ohio and Kristi Noem of South Dakota.

In a bit of irony, if this proposal had passed, the major concessions offered up in negotiations between the two parties were the removal of certain so-called “death sentences” and a change to what is technically referred to as the “six-month rule,” a rule that prohibits courts from forcing bankruptcy judges to set restitution payments for bankrupt estates. What’s more, the proposal would also have ended mandatory minimum prison sentences for non-violent offenders.

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