House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has encountered a roadblock in her effort to ram through a partisan agenda on the strength of her party’s slim legislative majority.
Members of the GOP House Freedom Caucus utilized some procedural maneuvers of their own this week to halt two controversial bills Pelosi had hoped to fast-track by suspending normal House rules, Breitbart reported.
Background on the bills
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), the caucus chairman, told Breitbart that the “stunning” political victory should be seen as an example by the rest of the House Republicans.
For her part, Pelosi sought to suspend the rules — a procedure typically reserved for noncontroversial bills that require a two-thirds majority in a simple voice vote — to expedite two decidedly partisan pieces of legislation.
In response to the first bill, which would have provided special status to LGBTQ-owned businesses in the loan application process, caucus member Lauren Boebert (R-CO) called for a voice vote that ultimately derailed the speaker’s fast-track plan.
A second bill, the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act, was denounced by pro-life lawmakers. It was similarly stymied by a Freedom Caucus effort led by Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT).
As a result of the GOP actions, both bills fell short of the supermajority vote needed to advance through Congress.
“We have to fight on every issue”
“The significance of taking down the suspension votes is that the Democrats are trying to change all the rules and traditions of the House and force all of their agenda even if it’s not radical — but the radical parts and the non-radical parts — they’re trying to force it down our throats,” Biggs asserted.
The Freedom Caucus, he said, has always proclaimed that “we have to fight on every issue,” which members did in response to Pelosi’s latest moves.
“That’s why we ask for roll call votes on the suspension votes because we want transparency for the American people, number one, and number two, we want everybody to be recorded on how you vote, and number three, we want to put the speed stick down,” the lawmaker said. “That’s what that’s been all about.”
Rosendale also touted the GOP efforts, telling Breitbart: “The failure of these bills shows that the Freedom Caucus strategy to fight the Democratic majority using all the procedure at their disposal is working.”
A number of prominent conservatives cited the development as a major win for their cause, including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, who wrote that his group is “grateful for elected leaders like Boebert and Rosendale who refuse to conform to the Left’s increasingly radical social agenda.”