Ranking Member McGovern Condemns Republicans’ Restrictive Process as Committee Republicans Report the 99th, 100th, and 101st Closed Rules of This Congress

Sep 26, 2018

Ranking Member James P. McGovern

House Committee on Rules

Representing Massachusetts' 2nd District

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

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Ranking Member McGovern Condemns Republicans’ Restrictive Process as Committee Republicans Report the 99th, 100th, and 101st Closed Rules of This Congress 

Republicans are using these closed rules to try and pass their second tax scam

The 115th Congress is already the most closed Congress in history; Speaker Ryan is the first Speaker in history to never allow a truly open rule

 

Washington, DC — Today, House Rules Committee Ranking Member James P. McGovern (MA-02) condemned House Republicans’ restrictive process as committee Republicans report the 99th, 100th, and 101st closed rules of the 115th Congress. These closed rules, which block all amendments from both Democratic and Republican members, will be considered on the House Floor later this week. A recent report released by Rules Committee Democrats highlights how Republican leaders have used restrictive rules to block measures to create jobs, bring down the cost of prescription drugs, and make education more affordable from even being considered on the House Floor.

“Republicans have added insult to injury. They already made this Congress the most closed Congress in history. Now, the Majority in the Rules Committee reported out its 99th, 100th, 101st closed rules tonight to give even more tax cuts to the wealthy and the well-connected. I’m not suggesting that every rule be an open one or that there should never be closed rules. But there is no justification for having more than 100 closed rules in a Congress. Under the Republican Majority, the closed rule has become the norm. That has to change,” said McGovern.    

These closed rules are for a package of bills — H.R. 6756, H.R. 6757, and H.R. 6760 — that form Congressional Republicans’ second tax scam package. This second tax scam would explode the deficit by over $3 trillion according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, threatening the future of vital programs like Medicare and Social Security. 

The Congressional Budget Office recently confirmed that Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration have blown a hole in the federal budget, increasing the 2018 deficit by 32 percent to nearly $900 billion. One of the main causes of this surging deficit is the first Republican tax scam.

In September, House Republicans broke the prior closed rule record, which they set during the first session of the 114th Congress. Speaker Ryan is the only Speaker in history to never have a truly open rule, which would allow any Member to offer an amendment on the House Floor that complies with the standing rules of the House and the Budget Act. 

This inauspicious record not only suppresses the voices of millions of Americans, it also stands in stark contrast to the Speaker’s own promise of returning to regular order. Shortly after getting the gavel, he said, “I wanted to have a process that is more open, more inclusive, more deliberative, more participatory – and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

 

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