And it’s only for one committee. So far.
Fox News reports:
A key committee in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is moving to eliminate the words “so help you God” from the oath administered to witnesses testifying before the panel, as part of a new rules package expected to be approved this week, according to a draft obtained exclusively by Fox News.
The draft shows that the House Committee on Natural Resources would ask witnesses to recite only: “Do you solemnly swear or affirm, under penalty of law, that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”
The rules proposal places the words “So help you God” in red brackets, indicating they are slated to be cut. Other rules changes relate to expanding the committee’s authority over natural gas in Alaska and fossil-fuel resources.
The Hill reports:
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) criticized the move in to strike the phrasing from the committee’s rules. “It is incredible, but not surprising, that the Democrats would try to remove God from committee proceedings in one of their first acts in the majority,” she said.
“They really have become the party of Karl Marx,” she added. Fox News report notes that many federal oaths include the phrase, but some, including the presidential oath of office, do not.