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Larson On The Proposed Amendments To The House Rules

December 28, 2016
Press Release

Hartford, CT - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), released the following statement on the proposed amendments to the House Rules:

"House Democrats will not be silenced when it comes to speaking up on behalf of the American people. Gun violence unfortunately impacts all of our communities and the need for reforms can no longer go unanswered. 

"I am incredibly disappointed that instead of listening to the American people and simply giving us a vote, a vote on common sense bipartisan changes like keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists, and again a few extremist Republicans are seeking to further silence the minority with the hopes of protecting the gun lobby. 

"At a time when America is wracked with division the answer is not Putinesque rules. The answer is greater discussion, more votes, increased transparency and efforts to ensure that Americans at least feel that they were heard even if they disagree with the outcome. Continued vitriolic attacks on the press and the rise of fake news remind us we cannot turn the cameras off and cast the people’s chamber into darkness.

“This unprecedented move, of fining Members of Congress for speaking up for their constituents, when all other avenues have been blocked, is ill considered and may run afoul of Article I of the Constitution. That article holds that each House may punish its members for disorderly behavior. For more 200 years this has been interpreted to mean any contested sanctions must be approved by the full House with a floor vote. 

“We will continue, no matter the attempts to prevent it, to speak out on behalf of victims," said Larson.

Rep. Larson helped lead the sit-in on the House floor in June.