This rules package reflects the priorities of the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. It takes steps toward deeper inclusion by banning the use of gendered phrases, and prohibits members from sharing manipulated media meant to mislead the public. Further, it will reform the House’s procedural rules in a way that will protect vulnerable Democrats from being forced to take difficult votes on amendments offered by minority Republicans using the motion to recommit.
The Democrats’ rules package would effectively gut the motion to recommit, a procedural tool that has been part of the House since its inception and has allowed the minority to force a vote on a final amendment for more than 100 years, in a deeply cynical effort to stifle debate over opposing ideas. Given that Democrats may find themselves in the minority in the future, eliminating the motion to recommit is shortsighted. Further, banning the use of gendered phrases like “father” or “daughter” is a pointless effort at political pandering.