House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made headlines for a part of the rule changes passed Jan. 4 that eliminated gender-neutral language. However, scrapping “mother” or “father” from House rules may ultimately pale in comparison to Pelosi’s decision to alter the “motion to recommit.”
The “motion to recommit” has existed since the first Congress, and for nearly a century has allowed the minority party to force votes on amended bills, according to The Wall Street Journal. Under Pelosi’s new rules, Republicans in the House minority will be able to only delay legislation, rather than force votes on alternatives. The recent rule changes are a continuation of House Democrats rewriting the rules to curtail the ability of Republican members to challenge progressive priorities since they took back the chamber in 2019.