House Reps Erupt In Fight Over Pledge Of Allegiance

NBC News reports:

The fiery back-and-forth took place in a House Judiciary Committee meeting where members set rules for the current Congress. It began after Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., offered an amendment that would give the committee the opportunity to begin each of its meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance. He said the rule would give members “the ability to invite inspirational constituents” to be able to share and lead in the pledge.

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., noted that many Republicans on the committee voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election on Jan. 6, 2021. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., then said he was introducing an amendment to Gaetz’s amendment that clarified that the pledge cannot be led by anyone who has supported an insurrection against the United States in any way. Ultimately, Cicilline’s amendment was defeated in a 24-13 vote in the GOP-led committee.

Read the full article. Gaetz’s amendment passed unanimously. As Rep. Jerry Nadler pointed out, House reps already begin their day with the pledge in the House chamber.