Washington, DC – Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Subcommittee on Elections Ranking Member Bryan Steil (R-Wis.) delivered opening statements at today’s Member Day hearing.
|Text of Davis’ opening statement:|
The People’s House is beyond mismanaged, it is broken. Over the course of these past three years Speaker Pelosi and the House Administration Committee Democrats have manipulated the rules at every turn, weaponized the institution and its support entities to consolidate power and politicized the day-to-day operations of the House.
Member Day hearings were created in House Rules by the Democratic majority and now they are the ones attempting to avoid them. Opening our committee to fellow Members from all regions, seniorities, delegations, and parties is a sign of respect.
In typical fashion, the Democrat majority has pulled out all the stops to suppress member’s opportunity to have an audience with the Committee that is responsible for executing the Speaker’s weaponization of the institution by doing this hearing right before Christmas and housing it with the Committee’s Subcommittee on Elections.
As a recap, here are just a few of the things that have happened this year under this majority:
At the same time this Committee has failed to execute even its most basic administrative functions . Here’s just a few examples:
These are horrible precedents to set. As we on the committee are aware, House Administration is a unique committee because so much of what we do is inward facing to our institution. We are a member service committee. The mission I’ve set for my team is to “Make the House Work” because a stronger, healthier, and more efficient institution can serve all Americans better.
Text of Steil’s opening statement:
House Rules state that during the first session of the 117th Congress, each standing committee or each subcommittee thereof shall hold a hearing at which it receives testimony from Members, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner on proposed legislation within its jurisdiction.
Today, 348 days into the first session, Chairperson Lofgren is just now fulfilling this requirement, but choose not to do so with the full committee. This requirement is being fulfilled by the Subcommittee on Elections. Oversight of federal elections is important and a key piece of this committee’s jurisdiction, this is only a fraction of what Members should be able to speak to during a true Members Day Hearing. Today we have a hearing on the Friday before Christmas, its almost like Democrats are trying to hide from the public their bad policies and legislation:
Let’s take a couple of minutes to reflect on what this democrat majority has done when it comes to our role overseeing federal elections. Every day we hear from the other side about how our democracy is under threat and how critical it is that we pass their partisan election agenda to save our democracy. The reality is that what they have done, and continue to attempt to do, through their rhetoric, actions, and policy agenda is the greatest threat to our democracy as we know it.
Let us not forget that it was this Committee that attempted to steal an election in Iowa’s Second Congressional District despite the race being certified and contemplated trying to steal a seat in New York’s Twenty Second Congressional District. The democrat majority only backed down after facing major backlash from the public and once they realized they didn’t have the votes to get it done.
You want to know how to protect this democracy? You can start by not nationalizing elections in order to rig the outcomes in your favor, you can start by not using sensationalized language that undermines people’s faith in our elections, and you can start by not trying to steal an election for a congressional seat that was duly certified according to the law.
I will continue to fight to make sure that it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat.
I appreciate our colleagues who have worked around the outgoing democrat majority’s attempts to do anything and everything to make today’s hearing as inconvenient as possible in an attempt to stymie member’s voices and avoid being held accountable for the way this House is being run.
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