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Rep. Hice Spearheads Letter Blasting Dem Exploitation of COVID Crisis

GOP Letter to Dems: “Act Now.”

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Washington, D.C., May 18, 2020 | comments

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) released the following statement to accompany the letter he spearheaded with 39 House Republican colleagues encouraging Majority Leader Hoyer, Minority Leader McCarthy, Chairman McGovern, and Ranking Member Cole to put in place rules and procedures to prevent minority party members from being marginalized and silenced in remote committee hearings and briefings.

“Whether it’s pushing massive bailout bills loaded with extreme liberal policies or forcing institutional changes here in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats are abusing this crisis,” said Congressman Hice. “They continue to use the coronavirus ‘as an opportunity to restructure things’ to push their socialist vision – just as a member of Speaker Pelosi’s leadership team promised us. Across the board, Democratic leadership and committee chairs have been given even more power than ever to marginalize and silence Republicans.

“Today, Democrats are forcing major changes to how the House operates through their ill-conceived and highly partisan H. Res. 965. This resolution enshrines the disturbing trend in which Democratic committee chairs are using remote ‘briefings’ as de facto hearings, thereby upending longstanding rights granted to the minority party. Throughout the House, Republicans are consistently shut out of the witness selection process and blocked from receiving written testimony ahead of time.”

“These are not minor procedural changes. The voices of our constituents must be heard – whether that’s by a member of the minority or majority party. I applaud Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s reasonable plan to safely reopen the House. However, until the House fully resumes normal operations, 39 colleagues have joined me in sending this letter to members of the bipartisan task force urging them to institute committee rules and procedures that fully respect the minority’s rights.”

To read the full letter, click here.


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