In case you were wondering if Republicans in the House, who newly have the majority, will be spending these upcoming two years focusing largely on real-world issues that reflect the realistic concerns of everyday Americans and can have a substantial impact on these residents and citizens living their lives, the answer is no.
On Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) presented a proposal in proceedings of the House Judiciary Committee to hold the Pledge of Allegiance in “each of its meetings,” which the panel eventually approved — although not before Democrats pointed out some of the absurdities weighing on the situation. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the panel, pointed out the pledge is conducted during each day of the House’s proceedings. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) replied in part by asserting repeated recitations of the pledge are “what should be done by all Americans.” It subsequently got more substantive.
“I wish two years ago that on January 6 that the insurrection never did happen,” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) chimed in, trying to bring the discussion back to something at least somewhat more realistic. “And I regret the fact that many members of this committee voted against certifying the election results based on the ‘Big Lie.’ And they have continued to promote the ‘Big Lie’ and undermine public confidence in our government. And so, for us to, amidst these folks who supported the insurrection, be forced to pledge allegiance to the flag, which should be something that none of us have any problem with… it’s ironic that this committee, the ones that would not comply with Congressionally issued subpoenas, disrespected the rule of law, would now insist that each and every one of us on each and every hearing date come before this committee and pledge allegiance to the flag. I support the pledge of allegiance, but it’s very ironic.”
The groups Johnson referenced include both Gaetz and committee chairperson Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who failed to comply with a subpoena from the House committee that investigated the Capitol riot, which subsequently referred the Ohio Republican and other members who did the same for investigations by the House Ethics Committee. Gaetz and Jordan were also both among the Republicans in the House who voted against certifying some of Biden’s electoral votes from the last presidential race, despite what remains an utter lack of supporting evidence there was any kind of systematic problem with the results. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) also offered an obviously pointed amendment to Gaetz’s amendment that would’ve restricted individuals from leading the pledge who supported insurrection. Cicilline directly questioned Gaetz during the proceedings whether he’d support the move, which the Florida Congressman obviously resisted.
Check out the proceedings below:
House Judiciary members debate @RepMattGaetz amendment to recite the Pledge of Allegiance before hearings begin. Democrats bring up the topic of Jan. 6th. @RepHankJohnson says, "It's very ironic."
The amendment passed. pic.twitter.com/Y09fO0pfDj
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 1, 2023