June 18, 2020 · OPINION
When captains jump ship, who does people’s work?
By Harry F. Burroughs III
With the passing of Memorial Day, there are increasing signs that our long national nightmare may be ending. A large number of states are starting to re-open their economies and allow their citizens to attend church, get a haircut, dine al fresco and sunbathe on a public beach.
During even the darkest days, there were several groups of Americans who risked their own personal safety by staying on the job. These are our magnificent health care workers, firemen and law enforcement professionals. It pains me to say that one essential group of workers have been largely AWOL. I am talking about the House of Representatives.
On March 10, 2020, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the world that, “We are the Captains of the Ship. We are the last to leave.” Since that bold statement, the People’s House has spent only seven days voting on legislation critical to this nation. Seven days. The rest of the time, members have spent in their home districts collecting $172,000.
The word Congress literally means the act of coming together and meeting. Article 1, Section 5 of our Constitution stipulates: “A majority of each House shall constitute a quorum.” For 230 years, this has meant members traveling to our nation’s Capitol and physically casting votes on behalf of those who elected them.
We did not shut down the Congress when the British burned the Capitol in 1812, when Confederate soldiers threatened to attack the city, the 1918 pandemic or during the darkest days of the Second World War.
With this history in mind, I was shocked and disappointed when the Democrat majority decided on May 15 to radically change the rules of the House. By a partisan vote — with no Republican support — Democrats voted to allow proxy voting in the House of Representatives for the first time.
As someone who worked in the House of Representatives when proxy voting was permitted in committees, I am disgusted by this ugly power grab. I was there when committee chairmen and ranking minority members routinely abused this power and did not accurately reflect the views of the absent member. It was for this reason that committee proxy voting was abolished in 1995.
Under House Resolution 965, any member of Congress can now designate another member to vote for them. In addition, the resolution specifies that a designated member can vote up to 10 different proxies to constitute a quorum and approve legislation. During votes last month, 71 Democrats decided they weren’t going to come to work. What this means is that 20 Democrats now control what happens in the House of Representatives.
With the passage of this resolution, the House became not the last but the first to abandon ship. More importantly, they also abandoned the United States Constitution and 230 years of tradition. If a member of Congress is afraid or unwilling to do their job, they should immediately resign. There are plenty of unemployed Americans who would love to make $172,000, have a taxpayer paid staff of 18 and millions of dollars of our tax money to operate their offices.
May 15 was a sad day in the People’s House.
Tony Bentley · July 3, 2020 at 4:38 pm
AmericanPatriot - Boogaloo Bois (Boys) have been found to be the instigators, and in fact have killed people during the protests.
"The boogaloo movement, adherents of which are often referred to as boogaloo boys or boogaloo bois, is a loosely organized American far-right extremist movement. Participants generally identify as libertarian and say they are preparing for, or seek to incite, a second American Civil War which they call the "boogaloo"
Tony Bentley · July 3, 2020 at 4:34 pm
American Patriot - "Red is the color of communism. Always has been, always will be."
You said it, and the GOP is RED, the POTUS is RED and is sweet on Putin, it makes so much sense now, the GOP and the POTUS are COMMUNISTS.
badelectronics · June 30, 2020 at 6:22 pm
AmericanPatriot · June 24, 2020 at 8:36 am
"Yet despite its violent history, some Democratic leaders have been enablers or supporters of the antifa movement, insisting that such groups cannot be compared to extreme right wing groups.
Yet democrats, when cornered, can't name any right wing groups with the violent record of antifa. Or right wing flag burners. Or point to destruction of private and public property after right wing demonstrations.
Hell, they can't even point to right wing demonstrations.
AmericanPatriot · June 23, 2020 at 8:17 am
This individual is clearly a substance abuser. I feel so sorry for them. Dean Wormer summed this sort of person up very accurately: Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
FairandBalanced · June 22, 2020 at 10:27 pm
or was that Donkey Farmer? anyway, they are both going to end up in the same place if they are not there already. you two need to harvest your carrots and broccoli and maintain social distancing. otherwise, you are going to pollinate each other. god forbid.
FairandBalanced · June 22, 2020 at 10:23 pm
the rest of the stuff i did say. and, EVERYBODY knows what happened to SD in the parking lot of the diner across from the Burger King! it may be time to repeat history and give the boy another comeuppance. i'm looking for a blue pick up....
FairandBalanced · June 22, 2020 at 10:20 pm
for the record, i never said this. it is what Sonny Day utters when he is alone under the sheets while he collects disability and hates other peeps who get federal assistance...
"To all my Universal Soldier's: stay at attention while I strategize an invasion; the mission be assassination, snipers hitting Caucasians with semi-automatic shots heard around the world; my plot is to control the globe and hold the world hostage. . . . see, I got a war plan more deadlier than Hitler. . . . lyrical specialist, underworld terrorist. . . . keep the unity thick like mud. . . . I pulling out gats , launching deadly attacks";
--"Blood for Blood"; Killarmy, Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
FairandBalanced · June 22, 2020 at 10:14 pm
do crabby rednecks know how to read?
FairandBalanced · June 22, 2020 at 10:12 pm
all i care about right now is the primary tomorrow. giggleman is out. good but bad is your guy in the toilet and the Democratic field is spectacular with very qualified sane people. vote America! the Virginia CD 5 is going blue. yahoo! God I love that color!
FairandBalanced · June 22, 2020 at 10:04 pm
i will choose where i want to live and i don't need your help smirky day. they are not drunken rants. Driving that train, high on cocaine / Casey Jones you better, watch your speed / Trouble ahead, trouble behind / And you know that notion ...
and, thanks for the free advertisement. pretty good stuff you regurgitated if i don't say so myself!
warfname · June 22, 2020 at 5:55 pm
Antifa is unrelated to the Democratic Party. Fundamentally, the Democratic party does not house leftist beliefs, and in fact in the past has taken steps to suppress leftists and protesters. It may seem convenient to tie BLM or Antifa groups to the Democratic party in order to connect these groups together in the pursuit of a larger conspiracy, but these simply are not the facts.
AmericanPatriot · June 22, 2020 at 2:59 pm
This individual still thinks hillary should be president because she got more illegal votes in NYC and LA.
Never mind the electoral college.
DonkeyFarmer · June 22, 2020 at 10:46 am
Looks like FairlyUnbalanced was drunk posting again. Ranting late into the night.
And we don't live in a Democracy Unbalanced, we live in a Republic. Have someone explain to you the difference.
AP - These "protests" are not about black lives. BLM, Antifa, and the like are just the latest name for radical leftists. This same type were called Occupy Wall Street 10 years ago, and far back in the 60's they were the Weather Underground and Black Panthers. Normal Americans can see right through it.
AmericanPatriot · June 22, 2020 at 10:16 am
One hundred people shot over Father's Day weekend in Chicago. 2 shot and wounded by police. Hmmmm, maybe police aren't the problem after all!
Not one word from the blm parasites. I wonder why not?
FairandBalanced · June 22, 2020 at 12:44 am
in a DEMOCRACY nobody gets left behind!
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
FairandBalanced · June 22, 2020 at 12:23 am
pandemic, depression, racial unrest, unequal distribution of wealth and income, a divided American society, weakened American standing on an international scale, voting concerns, starving farmers, unemployed workers-what have you got to lose?
Radical socialism, same sex marriage, covid-19 sensationalism, confederate flags, guns for the mentally ill and guns for everyone and guns and guns and guns like high velocity angry guns firing on peaceful people by crabby rednecks who are being left behind, abortions bad but capital punishment good, big national debt, no health insurance for the minions, get rid of anybody who is not blond and blue eyed, don't give food to babies of worthless parents, on and on and on. oh the cruelty....
FairandBalanced · June 21, 2020 at 11:44 pm
you trumpians and you sniveling republicans have had your 4 years. its over and the adults will now clean up your mess.
FairandBalanced · June 21, 2020 at 11:27 pm
all those sexy blond commentators on the state news, Fox, decked out in red. red low cut. red suit. red high skirt. red blouse. red. red. red. they all match the orange trash bag's long red tie. and his stupid red maga hat. red. communism. republicanism. red.
FairandBalanced · June 21, 2020 at 9:22 pm
AmericanPatriot · June 21, 2020 at 8:25 pm
Red is the color of communism. Always has been, always will be.
FairandBalanced · June 21, 2020 at 7:50 pm
59 to 4. blah blah blah. TikTok. now we say no. in november we say next. and, good luck with your boy, good. what a loser. not even going to be on the ballot in certain precincts because he is... (see below). the best and brightest are conservative repubs. guess that means the 5th CD is going blue. God I love that color. (Ignorant)
AmericanPatriot · June 21, 2020 at 2:48 pm
Father's day weekend in Chicago.
56 shot and 9 dead. Not one by a cop, and not one protest.
AmericanPatriot · June 21, 2020 at 9:07 am
You forgot to call me a racist.
FairandBalanced · June 20, 2020 at 11:28 pm
Hey Bo Jones! This AmericanPatriot just threatened my well being! Please help the authorities promulgate safety and freedom of speech. First, report it to the sheriff's office for making threatening statements. I will be available to press charges against it when you have done that. you have its contact information. Second, banit from posting in the future like you have done with other lurkers. my god, all i'm doing is expressing my opinion and i don't need retaliatory physical threats for expressing my opinion. gives me chills.
FairandBalanced · June 20, 2020 at 11:13 pm
is that a threat AP? how unkind can you be? do you want to be? i think you just threatened me! wow! the authorities will find you and arrest you for threatening me. see you in orange.
AmericanPatriot · June 20, 2020 at 8:45 pm
Fair and balanced has some serious cognitive issues. Facts escape her, critical thinking is an abstract concept.
Seek help, lady. Reality is not going to be as kind as I have been
FairandBalanced · June 20, 2020 at 8:02 pm
7 legislative days divided into 415 = 59! 35 legislative days divided into 131 = a little less than 4. the House, led by Captain Madam Pelosi, by my count, is 15 times more productive per legislative day than the republican Senate.
FairandBalanced · June 20, 2020 at 7:08 pm
there are 11,287 introduced bills in the 116th Congress so far. 415 bills have passed in the House and neen sent to the Senate. 131 bills have passed in the Senate and have been sent to the House. to date, 536 bills have been agreed to by simple resolution in both chambers. *the third* makes it look like the House, led by a real Captain, God-Bless-Soul Madam Pelosi, has been mailing it in. that's just not the case. in fact, a case of the same depth he provided could be made that the republican Senators are the slackers. just saying....
email@example.com · June 20, 2020 at 5:52 pm
Just to clarify the record. For the same period of time, the U.S. Senate has met 35 legislative days. By my count that is 5 times as many as the House and there is no proxy voting in that chamber!
FairandBalanced · June 20, 2020 at 2:24 pm
Here is the republican controlled Senate's schedule for this year. State Work Period means WORKING FROM HOME! Doesn't look like the republican senate controlled by "ditch the mitch" is working any harder than the Honorable Pelosi's House. and, whats more? those old codgers get paid the same as members of the House.
116th Congress, 2nd Session
The tentative schedule for 2020 has been announced. The list below identifies expected non-legislative periods (days that the Senate will not be in session).
Date Action Note
Feb 17 - Feb 21 State Work Period Presidents' Day - Feb 17
Mar 16 - Mar 20 State Work Period
Apr 6 - Apr 17 State Work Period
May 25 - May 29 State Work Period Memorial Day - May 25
Jul 3 - Jul 17 State Work Period Independence Day - Jul 4
Aug 10 - Sep 7 State Work Period Labor Day - Sep 7
Sep 28 - Sep 29 State Work Period
Oct 12 - Nov 6 State Work Period Columbus Day - Oct 12
Nov 11 Veterans Day
Nov 23 - Nov 27 State Work Period Thanksgiving - Nov 26
Dec 21 - Dec 31 State Work Period
AmericanPatriot · June 19, 2020 at 5:57 pm
Tony, you are so poorly educated. I feel very sorry for you. You have no concept of critical thinking, or in basic decency. Civics evades you. I bet hygiene is a real issue.
But then you are a democrat.
Pete Nowotny · June 19, 2020 at 11:45 am
Well we all know who is an idiot and butthurt, Tony.
Tony Bentley · June 19, 2020 at 10:11 am
Who is a traitor?
"President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State. The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said. The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency."
AmericanPatriot · June 19, 2020 at 7:59 am
zell miller was a fire breather
Pete Nowotny · June 19, 2020 at 7:33 am
Why are you surprised by democrat's behavior? They are the scum of the political scene. Joe Lieberman is the only decent guy in that whole, pathetic, USA hating lot.
AmericanPatriot · June 18, 2020 at 5:36 pm
No representatives from either party, in either house will be dead of the hoax flu.
And no, they are not wearing the Orwellian masks when the cameras are off.
AmericanPatriot · June 18, 2020 at 5:34 pm
Pelosi is a treasonous pig.
nonewtaxes · June 18, 2020 at 4:06 pm
yup, and no grocery clerk will be of any use if dead neither.
If you led by example, pepsi's example was to party in china town in face of science and then run away when things got scary.
imagine pepsi at Bunker Hill. Party hard while the british row across the water and then turn tail and run as the british march up the hill.
DonkeyFarmer · June 18, 2020 at 3:35 pm
If grocery store workers can go to work, Congress certainly should.
Nancy has done NOTHING since she became speaker. Nancy was busy her first year looking for a way to remove a duly elected president, culminating with impeaching our president for what Joe Biden did. Then with her delay on sending the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, she forced the entire government to entertain her nonsense while the Wuhan Virus was making its way here.
Nancy Pelosi is probably responsible for more deaths than Andrew Cuomo.
Now Nancy Pelosi wont come to work. And their candidate for President has been hiding in his basement.
What a mess the Democrat party has become. They have put so much energy into trying to remove Trump from office that they no longer even know HOW to win a fair election.
MissB · June 18, 2020 at 2:46 pm
No representatives of any party will be useful if dead from the virus.
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