Scalise Urges Enforcement of House Rules

December 18, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) today raised a point of order on the House Floor against the articles of impeachment for failure of the Democrats to ever afford Republicans a minority day of hearings with witnesses requested, contrary to House rules. Whip Scalise emphasized how this is a blatant violation of minority rights under House Rules and urged the enforcement of this rule.

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Full remarks:

"Madam Speaker, I raise a point of order [against H. Res. 767] for failure to disclose the waiver of Clause 2(j)(1) of Rule 11, pursuant to Clause 6(g) of Rule 13, which requires the Rules Committee to specify in their report any waiver of a point of order against a measure under consideration.
"And Madam Speaker, this underlying resolution violates Clause 2(j)(1) of Rule 11, which entitles the minority [members] of the committee to have the ability to call witnesses to testify during at least one day of a hearing on any given measure.
"This was not afforded to the Judiciary Committee minority members during consideration of the Articles of Impeachment, despite numerous requests by the minority's members. Therefore, I raise a point of order against consideration of the rule, and the underlying resolution for the violation of minority rights and the denial of this evidence to be put into the record. And for this hearing, which the House rules require, which was not complied with and was denied. I would urge the enforcement of this rule."

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