The subheading in the previous version of this report incorrectly referred to carbon monoxide as CO2. The story has been corrected.
What bills will be to help state and tribal governments distribute carbon-monoxide detectors, re-authorize Olympic athletes’ testing against steroids and protect dissidents in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia by restricting arms sales, all have in common?
They have outperformed the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan profits in the past few weeks. And, in each case, all “no” votes come from House Republicans.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy defended “no” votes during his weekly press conference with reporters on Thursday. “I don’t see any problem. A bill might have a really nice name, but if you’ve ever read through the bill itself and you’ve given all your power to Democrats, I think there will be a lot of ‘no’ votes, ”he said. .
The carbon-monoxide detector funding bill, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, named the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act commemorating Nicholas and Zachary Burt, after two boys – one 16 months old and 4 years old – who died in 1996 from a faulty oven in a house without a detector.
It was also a “suspension bill”, so named because it had been put in place by the House of Representatives’ suspension rules, allowing for rapid adoption by voting or, rarely until recently, a Place attendance ballots must get two-thirds of the houses to pass.
The carbon monoxide detection bill received 362 votes, much higher than the 290 required. It also saw 49 “no” votes, all from the Republicans along the way. The Anti-Doping Agency’s re-authorization bill has 37 “no” votes and the Saudi “No” votes. Again, it’s all from Republicans.
The suspension bills are meant to be modest, bipartisan and non-controversial. That is why they are used as a kind of legislative supplement to the State’s agenda. They fill in time between the more important bills being considered and allow members to brag in the press releases they’ve sponsored or voted for. If the puppy and the kitten can be voted, it will be suspended.
But in recent weeks Republicans have forced Democrats to vote a suspension, which requires an attendance vote, which is time-consuming because of the COVID-19 precautions. At the same time, the number of Republicans who vote against the bill on average is many times as many Democrats do.
For the 19 regulatory votes suspended in the House of Representatives in April, an average of 24 Republican members, which make up more than a tenth of the entire party convention, voted “no”, compared with average of less than one Democratic Party member.
Of those 19 votes, Republicans voted “no” 458 times, compared with 14 “no” votes by Democrats. Of the 15 out of 19 suspension votes, no Democrats voted against the bills.
It is not uncommon to have at least a few “no” votes on the suspension, McCarthy said.
“In any suspension vote, there are always some people who vote for it and some people vote against it,” McCarthy said.
“Sometimes it comes down to funding. Is there too much money? Sometimes about something else. There is always a basis and reason behind it, ”he said.
Not all bills are negligible. A vote on whether to cut again on Medicare providers has been delayed since the enactment of the CARES Act coronavirus support law in March 2020. That shows the GOP provide all 38 “no” votes.
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access to the banking system received 101 “no” votes, again all Republicans.
With the COVID-19 precautionary measures making House floor voting a time-consuming – 430 members vote in groups of 87 to avoid crowding on the floor and some vote by commission – Democrats oppose the House of Representatives requiring a floor vote on all suspended bills. The tactic was driven by House Freedom Caucus, a group of liberal and conservative House Republicans in the House of Representatives.
“Unfortunately, some Republicans are using thwarting tactics on bipartisan and non-opposition bills. There are Democrats and Republicans who want to get the job done and we will work around those who don’t, ”said Rep. Jim McGovern, the chairman of the House Rules Committee.
Before the pandemic, the House of Representatives could take multiple votes a day, using its electronic voting system to cut voting times to five or even two minutes. But now, with every 30-minute vote, voting on suspensions sometimes means voting well at night on bills like the “504 Modernization Act and the Estate Enhancement Act. small “(16” no “votes, all Republicans) and” Microloan Act of Improvement “(also 16” no “votes, all Republicans).
That prompted House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to introduce a rule change that would allow suspension bills to be voted up or down in groups at the same time while sending them to the Senate for private review.
“The suspension bills we are voting on have essentially been overwhelmingly passed, with 400 or more votes on almost every bill, meaning they are essentially non-controversial,” Hoyer to speak.
Rep. Andy Biggs, the president of Freedom Caucus, criticized Hoyer’s actions in a YouTube video taken at the Capitol’s Monument Hall with other members of the group, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a member of the Republic of Georgia.
“The idea is for transparency to try to slow you down when you try to calculate American freedoms. That’s what we have been doing and that is what we will continue to do, ”said Arizona Republican Biggs.
McCarthy sided with the group and the group’s approach.
“The debate is whether a bill should pass the floors of the House of Representatives with a simple voice vote? But if you get elected, should you really vote on the bill itself? And that’s where people have differences of opinion, some in my conference, ”he said.