Over this past weekend, newly elected House Democrats pushed for the eradication of the Motion to Recommit (MTR) procedure, as documented by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The MTR serves as “one final opportunity for the House to debate and amend a measure, typically after the engrossment and third reading of the bill, before the Speaker orders the vote on final passage.”
Why Do Democrats Want to Eliminate MTR?
In a nutshell, Democrats are now calling for the abolition of the MTR because it has now proven to be politically inconvenient for them. MTR allowed House Republicans to intervene in Democrats’ push for legislation which would have increased gun control and made it more difficult for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to do their jobs.
What stings even more to newly elected House Democrats is that a few members of their party voted along with Republicans on the two MTRs. This reportedly prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to admonish dissenting Democrats for not being “team players.”
By definition, being a “team player” sometimes entails working with others who share different viewpoints. In the case of Congress, this would entail Democrats being willing to work with Republicans and vise versa. However, it appears as though Democrats don’t see it this way.
The Importance of MTR
At the end of the day, the truth is this: MTR exists so that majorities in Congress are not able to ram their legislation through the government. Of course, Democrats don’t like this because it gives House Republicans a voice. If the Democrats are serious about moving forward as a party and do not want to be seen as radical, out of touch socialists, then they’re going to have to be “team players” even if this means occasionally working with their Republican colleagues.
Over the past few months, Democrats have faced increasing amounts of condemnation for descending into extremism. Calling for the elimination of motions which do not fit their agenda is certainly not helping their cause.
What do you think about the Democrats’ push to do away with the Motion to Recommit? Do you believe the timing is coincidental or indicative of a greater agenda? Let us know in the comments section down below!