Partisan Attacks Are More Important For House Dems Than Holding China Accountable

House Democrats Still Refuse To Govern Responsibly 

In a floor speech yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell again pointed out that House Democrats have refused to govern responsibly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, he noted that House Democrats have refused to convene the chamber to address the crisis that the country is facing, and that the only product they have put forth recently to deal with the challenges was a partisan wish list that couldn’t even unite their own conference.

In addition, the Majority Leader pointed out how their proxy voting scheme amounts to “playing games with the Constitution so they can continue their never-ending Spring Break into July.” Watch his full remarks here and see an excerpt below:

“While essential workers across the country continue to clock in, the Democratic House of Representatives has essentially put itself on paid leave for months.

“Since the early days of this crisis, the self-described ‘People’s House’ has been suspiciously empty of… people. I understand they’ve convened for legislative session a grand total of two days in the past eight weeks.

“At this point, I’m wondering if we should send Senators over there to collect their newspaper and water the plants.

“It’s not just their physical absence. It’s House Democrats’ absence from any serious discussions at all. About the only product to emerge from their lengthy sabbatical has been an 1,800-page, $3 trillion messaging bill that couldn’t even unite their own conference.

“Yesterday, the Speaker announced this arrangement will continue another 45 days at least. But there’s a new wrinkle: House Democrats jammed through a precedent-breaking remote voting scheme that will let one member cast 10 additional votes.

“One person, 11 votes? Remember, these are the people who want to remake every state’s election laws.

“There are several problems with this. One of them happens to be Article I, Section 5 of the U.S. Constitution.

“A majority of each [house] shall constitute a quorum to do business.”

“For about 231 years, Congresses have managed to fulfill this job requirement.

“They’ve worked through a Civil War, two World Wars, terrorist threats, and a prior pandemic without trying to shirk this duty. The 12th Congress endured the War of 1812, including the occupation of Washington and the burning of this Capitol building, without abandoning in-person meetings.

“The Constitution requires a physical quorum to do business. Normally both chambers may presume one. But any House member has a right to demand an in-person attendance check. The Democrats’ new rule says one person may mark himself and ten others present, even if they are nowhere in sight. A flat-out lie.

“There will be enormous constitutional questions around anything the House does if they fail to demonstrate a real quorum but plow ahead anyhow.

“Two normal workdays in eight weeks. One absurd, unserious proposal. And now they are playing games with the Constitution so they can continue their never-ending Spring Break into July.

Select Committee Democrats Reject The Importance Of Holding China Accountable 

During a virtual briefing of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis held yesterday, Republicans on the panel repeatedly pressed Democrats to join their efforts to get to the bottom of China’s deceitful and damaging actions throughout the course of the pandemic.

Since the formation of this committee, Democrats have refused to focus on the importance of holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its role in the coronavirus pandemic, and instead have sought to play politics and launch partisan attacks against the Administration. See here and below for highlights from yesterday’s briefing of Republican members stressing why it is critical for the Committee to focus on China’s behavior when it comes to the origins of this pandemic:

Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-LA):

“America has paid too-high a price for China’s lies. This subcommittee owes it to all of our frontline heroes to expose the truth and hold China accountable. I urge the Chairman to schedule a hearing on this scandal as soon as possible.”

Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) asked the following of a business owner who had to lay off 500 employees as a result of the pandemic:

“Wouldn’t you like to know what was the cause for you to have to lay those people off? Wouldn’t you like to get to the heart of this and figure out what China did, what they knew, when they knew it and why they didn’t tell us? Don’t you think that’s important information for the American people to have?”

The briefer answered that getting the information is “absolutely critical.”

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.):

“Getting to the bottom of China’s role in these PPE shortages is at the very core of insuring adequate supplies to protect frontline workers … I hope we can put a premium on substantive work on holding China accountable. The American people deserve it; all these frontline workers here today and around the country deserve it.”

Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.):

“We must hold China accountable. Mr. Chairman, this is the committee to find these answers. We’re supposed to look into it with a vigorous oversight, every aspect of this crisis. And if that is the case, then I ask: Is there a reason the Majority refuses to holding hearings on China?”

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.)

“Since the coronavirus outbreak began, medical professionals, first responders, and other essential workers have worked tirelessly on the front lines. Truck drivers are making their way across the country to ensure grocery stores continue receiving supplies, and grocery store workers are ensuring the shelves are stocked so families have food on the table.”