The days of acting “foolish” in the U.S. House of Representatives may be drawing to a close on January 20, 2017 when a new administration takes over. A majority-controlled Republican Congress under President-elect Donald Trump wants decorum restored and they are set to introduce a new GOP proposal to accomplish their goal.
In June, Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor demanding that they wouldn’t move until GOP leadership allowed a vote on a gun control measure following the Orlando massacre.
At the time, Democrats tried to equate their sit-in to the Civil Rights era. However, Rep. Mark Walker, a GOP House Representative from North Carolina was having none of it when he tweeted:
“calling this a sit-in is a disgrace to Woolworth’s. They sat in for rights. Dems are “sitting in” to “strip them away.”
The GOP hopes to never have official government business stymied again by the shenanigans of Democrats under the proposal.
Once in place, the new proposal will fine House members and refer them to the Ethics Committee if they break rules governing electronic video and pictures in the House chamber.
During their June sit-in, Democrats turned to iPhones, Facebook and other social media to continue allowing the public to see and hear them after the House adjourned it’s meeting and turned the video off. According to House rules, video is turned off when the meeting is over.
Under a new GOP proposal, House Republicans are proposing sanctioning members with a $500 fine for the first offense and $2,500 for additional offenses.
“Any subsequent offense will be assessed at the higher amount, regardless of whether it is connected to any other offense by time or proximity,” according to the terms of the proposal.
In addition, the proposal would not allow members of Congress to block the well of the House as Democrats did during their June sit-in when they tried to infringe on Second Amendment gun rights.
AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Monday:
“These changes will help ensure that order and decorum are preserved in the House of Representatives so lawmakers can do the people’s work.”
As you might expect, Democrats are not at all happy with the new proposal. Drew Hammill, spokesman for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. said:
“Sadly, the first action of the new Congress will be the passage of rules changes targeting Democratic Members who participated in the 25-hour sit-in following the horrific Pulse shooting in Orlando that killed 49 and wounded more than 50.” “House Republicans continue to act as the handmaidens of the gun lobby refusing to pass sensible, bipartisan legislation to expand background checks and keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.”
And “bring it on” they will Nancy! It’s a new day in the House.
Congress is preparing for a new president with as little distraction as possible from Democrats so that Americans can finally see the work getting done that should have been accomplished eight years ago!
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