House GOP have successfully stopped two bills that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to fast-track through this week, a victory that the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus said was “stunning.”
“That is stunning., Republican Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ), the House Freedom Caucus chairman, said during a phone call this week.
Pelosi had tried to use a technique known as “suspension of the rules” — which needs a two-thirds supermajority to succeed — to push through two very controversial pieces of legislation. One, the LGBTQ Equal Credit Enforcement Act, would have given LGBTQ-owned companies favoritism in lending just like minority-owned businesses might get. The other, named the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act, would have given government-funding for abortion drugs. After a push led by Congressman Biggs and other Republicans like Congressmen Matt Rosendale (MT) and Chip Roy (TX) among others, the two bills did not get the two-thirds needed to make it through the lower chamber and were both prevented from passing for now.
“For these bills, they must get two thirds to pass., Biggs said. “The significance of stopping the suspension votes is that they are attempting to change the rules of the House and force their agenda — the radical and the non-radical parts — they are attempting to force it all on us. Our stance was always that we must fight everything, all parts. That is why we need roll call votes because we want to force transparency, and we want everyone to be recorded on how they vote, and we want to stop the rushing.”
Both votes failed. The LGBTQ bill was stopped when it got 248 votes for and 177 against and five members not voting. And the VA abortion bill was stopped by an even bigger margin, when it got 240 votes for and 188 against and two lawmakers not voting.
Author: Steven Sinclaire