|Monday, January 4, 2021|
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
This package codifies the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and makes other important improvements to promote diversity like requiring committees to include in their oversight plans a discussion on how their work will address inequities and supporting efforts to increase diversity among witnesses who testify before House committees.
It maintains the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, and the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis as well as creating a new Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth.
It bans former Members convicted of corruption from the House floor, codifies the Office of the Whistleblower Ombuds, and protects whistleblowers from retaliation and from having their identities disclosed without their consent. The rules package allows Congress to continue investigations into the census and coronavirus response on day one by authorizing critical subpoenas. It maintains the longstanding PAYGO rule while including exceptions for responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. The package also strengthens Truth in Testimony disclosure requirements for witnesses appearing before committees, and creates a process for House Members to formally lend their support to Senate-passed bills.
The package continues remote voting by proxy and remote committee activity put in place in the 116th Congress during the pandemic. It maintains a motion to recommit for the minority while reforming it so it is a true procedural vote without specific instructions and debate and no longer can be used to hijack the legislative process for political gamesmanship.
Click here for the bill text.
Click here for a section-by-section from the Rules Committee.
Click here for a press release from Speaker Pelosi and Chairman McGovern.
**Members are advised that procedural votes are expected throughout the day, as early as 10:00 a.m.
***Members are further advised that if a Member-elect was not sworn in last night, they will be sworn in on the Floor this morning during GROUP 1 of the first vote. First votes of the day are expected to occur as early as 10:00 a.m.
Additionally, if a Member-elect was not sworn in last night or if a Member was sworn in last night, but did not pick up their Oath Card, they can pick up their Oath Card in Statuary Hall beginning at 9:00 a.m. this morning.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.