The Rules Committee of each Congress has the right and responsibility of confirming and adjusting the House Rules at the start of each new Congress. The Rules, as approved by that Congress, apply for the duration of that Congress. Custom and precedent has almost always prevailed, at least in times free of major national conflicts, and most Rules Committees have simply recommitted the Congress to the previously established Rules of the prior Congress. However, there is no Constitutional requirement that they do so. It has always been an accepted practice. Under the current circumstances, however, the dangerous precedent that the administration of Donald Trump has set in motion calls for a clear, strong and deterrent action on the part of all branches of government to confront and shine a light on the perpetrators and the actions they have undertaken to dismantle and undermine the institutions of our democratic republic. We can not contribute to sweeping anything under the carpet if we hope to regain any measure of control over the forces set in motion by those I prefer to call traitors and seditionists! That does not mean, however, that those who have managed to save our institutions from complete destruction should take revenge. And I believe the Democrats and those Republicans who have sided with them understand their obligations in the face of this travesty. If we fail to uncover and reveal all to the American people, and to punish both the perpetrators and the Party they dragged into this treason, future generations of Americans will not have a strong history to rest their actions against future attempts of a similar nature, which will most certainly arise. They will arise anyway because the existence of fascist elements within our society is permitted by our Constitution. However, their control of our government cannot be permitted if we wish to maintain a democracy. I am, therefore, committed fully to the decisión of the 117th Congress changing the Rules as needed to ensure that accountability prevails with regard to the Republicans and the GOP. Holding them accountable is an absolute must. I trust the Democratic leaders of both branches to do so carefully and wisely. The Rules now adopted can, and likely will, change with the next Congress. In the meantime, such changes strengthen the hand of Congress to reassert its proper role in the triple-branch balance of power.