Yesterday, Leader McCarthy spoke about Congress’s recent lack of focus (last Congress was the least productive in 50 years) on what really matters: our constituents’ needs. Republicans know working for these Americans is the single most important job here, but Democrats want to make that job harder over the next two years.
Today, the House will vote on a rules package that will govern how we can represent our constituents. These new rules mirror Congress’s recent futility — the Democrat party who wrote these rules are obsessed with atoning perceived cultural sins. This is dumb. More importantly, it’s a purposeful distraction from other changes that will prevent Americans’ voices from being heard, primarily through the gutting of the minority’s longtime (over 100 years) ability to offer the last amendment to legislation.
Democrats must be under the impression their small thinking will limit our ability to do what’s right for our constituents. But it won’t affect if we do what’s needed, perhaps just how. A Lou Holtz quote reflects our attitude going into this Congress: “Everyone wants to win on Saturday afternoon when the game is played. It’s what you do the other six days that decides the outcome.”
For our purposes, legislative game day is a House floor vote. Hours, days, weeks, months, even years go into putting a bill together — including needed changes — just like practice does for great teams. Some of our most meaningful work, as Lou says, happens “during the week” in committee and earlier stages of the legislative lifecycle. With potentially fewer options to fight for our constituents’ needs, our work, now more than ever, will require focus, dedication, and creativity in order for us to win on game day. It might not be the playing field we think is right, but it’s what we’ll do to ensure our constituents’ voices are heard in a Congress led by Democrats shrinking from real responsibilities.