Thursday, March 22, 2018

House Liberty Urges Opposition to H. Res.796 House leaders deceived both members of Congress and their constituents

Image may contain: textVOTE ALERT: House Liberty Caucus statement on#HRes796, the rule for #HR1625, Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018

March 22, 2018

The House Liberty Caucus urges opposition to H. Res. 796, the rule for H.R. 1625, Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018. The rule provides for only one hour of debate on the 2,232-page omnibus appropriations bill publicly released at 7:57 p.m. EDT on March 21.

The rule is an affront to the House of Representatives and a mockery of the deliberative responsibility of the legislative branch. No one can read and fully analyze, let alone be prepared to debate and vote on, a 2,232-page bill in less than 15 hours.

House leaders deceived both members of Congress and their constituents when they pledged the House would return to regular order. Nothing about this process is regular: Representatives cannot offer amendments; they do not have an opportunity to read the bill; and there is no opportunity for rank-and-file members to weigh in on the various provisions. This undemocratic, top-down process completely disregards the will of the American people and disrespects the constitutional role of each representative.

Matt Weibel
Executive Director
House Liberty Caucus

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