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Report: House Democrats Routinely Hold Votes on Meaningless Legislation

“For four legislative weeks in a row, the new majority has held votes on resolutions that do not carry the force of law and are designed simply to send a message,” according to Roll Call.

By NTK Staff | 04.04.2019 @2:00pm
Report: House Democrats Routinely Hold Votes on Meaningless Legislation

Three months into their tenure in the majority, House Democrats have opted for a strategy that focuses heavily on nonbinding resolutions designed to “send a message” rather than carry any force of law, according to a new Roll Call report.

For four straight legislative weeks, Democrats have held votes on these meaningless resolutions that are in reality just public relations ploys. The analysis shows that about one out of every five votes taken so far this year has been one of these nonbinding measures.

Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s top lieutenant, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), defended the move:

Nonbinding resolutions do not contain any language to change any laws or make new ones. Those votes, Democrats acknowledge, are simply designed to send a message.

“Telling the American people what we believe and what we think ought to be done,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday when asked what Democrats accomplish by voting on resolutions that don’t carry the weight of the law.

But did the American people vote in 2018 to send these members to Congress to use 1 in 5 votes to simple “send a message,” or were they hoping this new Congress might actually focus on getting work done on behalf of the American people?

“They’re not passing very much, and what they are passing is, like, DOA in the United States Senate,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) told Roll Call. “At some point we hope they wake up and decide that they would like to have some accomplishments to run on in addition — maybe then we can get to infrastructure or prescription drugs, something we can work on together.”

Cole warned that if Democrats don’t start actually legislating, it could come back to bite them when voters hit the ballot boxes in 2020.

“What did they do with their majority?” he asked, rhetorically. “Right now, not a lot.”

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