Democratic House speaker introduces radical new guidelines for Congress
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has introduced a radical new set of rules for Congress which includes a ban on “offensive” “gender-focused” terms such as “father, mother, son, and daughter.”
Pelosi and Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA) unveiled the rules for the 117th Congress on Friday.
The elimination of gendered terms is part of a set of “future-focused” proposals, the House Committee on Rules said in a statement.
“This package, which will be introduced and voted on once the new Congress convenes, includes sweeping ethics reforms, increases accountability for the American people, and makes this House of Representatives the most inclusive in history,” the statement reads.
Speaker Pelosi said she is “pleased to join Chairman Jim McGovern in introducing this visionary rules package.”
The new rules reflect “the views and values of the full range of our historically diverse House Democratic Majority,” she added.
“Thanks to the leadership of Chairman McGovern and our Members, Democrats have crafted a package of unprecedented, bold reforms,” Pelosi continued.
The rules “will make the House more accountable, transparent, and effective in our work to meet the needs of the American people,” the speaker added.
“These future-focused proposals reflect our priorities as a Caucus and as a Country.”
1/ I’m proud to start the 117th Congress by drafting these historic rules changes that further @HouseDemocrats commitment to accountability, transparency, and ethics; embrace technology; and help make this House of Representatives the most inclusive in our nation’s history. https://t.co/Y22s5uZXPi
— Rep. Jim McGovern (@RepMcGovern) January 1, 2021
Within the proposals is the creation of the “Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth.”
The committee would require Congress to “honor all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender neutral.”
In clause 8(c)(3) of rule XXIII, gendered terms will be removed.
The newly-banned terms include:
“Father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, grandson, or granddaughter.”
In their place, terms such as “parent, child, sibling, parent’s sibling, first cousin, sibling’s child, spouse, parent-in-law, child-in-law, sibling-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, stepsibling, half-sibling, or grandchild” will be used, instead.