(UnitedVoice.com) – On Monday, January 4, the 117th Congress met in its first session and set the tone for the next two years. Instead of working to ensure Americans get a COVID-19 vaccine promptly or beginning work to improve the US economy, they began setting the stage for the far-left radical agenda.
The setting of the House Rules is routinely the first order of business when Congress begins a new term. Typically, it’s mundane and boring. However, this time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the Democratic leadership pulled a first in American history by creating several radical rules to aid in the passage of the far-left agenda. They reduced the rights of the minority party (in this case, Republicans) and set up a process to pass far-left legislation more easily.
Motion to Recommit
The motion to recommit is the most essential and powerful tool a minority party in Congress has to ensure the majority doesn’t steamroll America. The procedural tool allows Congress members to amend or stop a bill before a final vote occurs on the floor. A bill is then sent either back to the committee, amended for approval, or dies.
Republicans are very adept at using the tool since Democrats gained control of the House in 2018. It’s the only tool in their arsenal to thwart extreme legislation. Because Democrats can’t get past a motion to recommit, they are trying to diminish it in the rules package by taking the teeth out of it. They eliminated the floor debate period on a bill that could expose the motives of the far left. This allows the true opinions of democrats to be hidden from their constituents.
For example, in 2019, Republicans successfully used a motion to recommit to thwart gun control measures by inserting language that required Immigration and Customs Enforcement be notified if illegal immigrants attempted to purchase a firearm. Democrats in moderate and conservative districts abandoned the legislation to avoid upsetting their constituents instead of caving to the Democratic leadership.
By changing the motion to recommit rule, Democratic leadership can better keep its members in line and Republicans at bay.
Pay as You Go
Known as PAYGO, the intent of the three-decades-old rule is that new spending must be offset with spending reductions. As anyone who follows the national debt knows, it was a colossal failure. However, the House Rules Bill went out of its way to exempt certain pieces of legislation from PAYGO.
Why is that?
The left has dreamt for years of passing major budget-busting legislation that would amount to a federal takeover of healthcare and climate change. Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, free college, and college debt reduction would cost tens of trillions of dollars in new government spending.
Is it possible Democrats are anticipating high-cost far-left legislation won’t pass under PAYGO rules?
On the floor of the House, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said on Monday that the measure was “some of the harshest and most cynical that I’ve experienced during my time in Congress.” He added that Democrats were “suppressing minority rights” to pave the way for the Green New Deal by purposefully getting rid of budget checks and balances.
ICYMI: I spoke on the House floor earlier about the ridiculous & unfair rules proposed by @HouseDemocrats for the 117th Congress.
Watch below ⬇️ https://t.co/6nwS6bGkQN
— Rep. Tom Cole (@TomColeOK04) January 4, 2021
If there were ever any questions about how far left Democrats may go over the next few years, the rules bill should eliminate them. Politics is a game of strategy, and by changing the rules of the game, it makes it easier for Democrats to reach their goals.
Interestingly, there aren’t any major media voices expressing concern.
I wonder why?
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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