Schakowsky Statement on Dangerous Republican Rules Package

January 3, 2017
Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in response to the dangerous rules package proposed by House Republicans:

“As their first action in the new Congress, House Republicans chose to serve themselves and forget about their constituents. Last night, they met behind closed doors and rigged the rules in their favor. They hoped that they could completely gut the Office of Congressional Ethics without the American people and House Democrats taking notice. Faced with overwhelming opposition, they were forced to withdraw that change.

Now, Republicans have come up with unconstitutional rules to punish Democrats for practicing their right to free speech after the anti-gun violence sit-in this summer. Further, the Republican rules package will make it easier to take away healthcare and slash Social Security’s and Medicare’s earned benefits.

Rather than ‘draining the swamp,’ Republicans are feeding the hungry alligators. Democrats won’t be silenced and won’t be stifled. We will fearlessly stand for freedom of speech and resist their dangerous agenda.”