The top Republican on the House Rules Committee just tore into Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for what he called “a blatant and cowardly assault” on GOP voices.
According to Breitbart, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) blasted the House speaker over a series of rules changes she and Rules panel Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA) put forth for the next Congress.
“This is a dark day”
The congressman’s remarks came in a statement Friday.
“This package is a blatant and cowardly assault on the voices and views of the Republican minority, which represents a growing number of seats in the House following the general election in November,” Cole said of the proposed rules for the 117th Congress, according to Breitbart.
Cole said that the rule changes proved “Pelosi knows she is unable to rally and effectively lead her own slimmed-down caucus.” He also argued that since she can’t unite House Democrats, Pelosi has settled for punishing and silencing Republicans, instead.
“I am very disappointed by the proposed House Rules for the 117th Congress put forward by the Democratic majority,” Cole wrote.
“This is a dark day for the preservation of free and thoughtful debate in the institution and indeed, all members elected by the people and for the people,” he added, according to Breitbart.
“Afraid of Republican ideas”
According to a Friday press release, the sweeping changes proposed by Pelosi and McGovern cover everything from “manipulated media” to “gender identities” and pronouns. The package would punish lawmakers who “disseminate manipulated media, including photos and videos” and create a Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth that would ban the use of words like “father, mother, son, and daughter” in the name of “gender neutral” terms, as Breitbart has reported separately.
Republicans are also outraged over a change that would virtually eliminate the minority party’s ability to launch a last-ditch effort at amending a bill that’s already moved to the House floor.
“Alarmingly, the package includes eliminating the longstanding Motion to Recommit in its current form and censoring opposing ideas,” Cole wrote in his Friday statement, according to Breitbart. “Clearly, this proves that Democrats are afraid of Republican ideas, and they cannot effectively defend their own points of view.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), for his part, tweeted that the change by Pelosi “just destroyed over 100 years of representation in Congress,” according to Reuters.
A vote on whether to accept Pelosi’s rule changes will take place when the new Congress convenes this month.