Republicans Pass Aggressive New House Rules Package
The 118th Congress, newly sworn in with a Republican majority and Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House, has passed an aggressive new House Rules Package.
Republican Representative Tom Cole, representing the 4th District of Oklahoma, stood up on the House floor before the vote and listed a number of new rules in the Rules Package that he is proud to vote for, including those that achieve the following:
- Eliminates proxy voting and ends remote committee proceedings.
- Establishes a new select sub-committee to investigate the weaponization of the federal government in recent years.
- Modifies the jurisdiction of the current sub-committee on the coronavirus pandemic to include investigations into the origins of COVID, as well as the societal and financial impact of lockdowns.
- Establishes a select committee to establish competition between the US and China, respond to threats posed by the CCP, and protect human rights.
- Establishes rules designed to control rampant government spending including a restoration of a previous rule that ensures any increase in mandatory spending will be offset by a corresponding cut in mandatory spending.
- Restores the rule that any proposed tax increase must garner 3/5 of votes to pass.
- Eliminates the Gephardt Rule, which allowed the House to automatically suspend the debt ceiling of a budget resolution.
- Eliminates the rule that allowed for the House to ignore budget estimates for bills dealing with COVID or climate change.
Representative Cole concluded his speech on the floor by saying that he’s proud of the rules package that protects voters’ priorities, ensures that they will hold the Biden Administration and the Chinese Communist Party responsible for their actions, and get the government’s fiscal house in order.
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