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Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021

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House of Representatives rules may be stripped of all gender references

Proposed changes to the rules of the House of Representatives would “honor all gender identities” by eliminating such specific terms as mother and father, son and daughter, and aunt and uncle.
Instead, only gender-neutral terms such as “parent,” “child,” “sibling” and “parent’s sibling” would be allowed in the text of the House rules, according to the proposed changes.

The proposed changes — which also include the establishment of a House “Office of Diversity and Inclusion” — will be voted on after the House convenes Sunday for the new 117th Congress.

Another rules change would prevent Republicans from amending a bill at the last minute, the Washington Examiner reported.

Instead, such proposed changes would send the bill back to committee, effectively killing it, the Examiner noted.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that’s needed so that last minute bill changes — known as Motions to Recommit — are “no longer used to hijack the legislative process for political gamesmanship.”

The new rules will make the House “the most inclusive in history,” Pelosi said in announcing the proposed changes.

But the gender-neutralizing move — a nod to the transgender and non-binary community — was widely mocked on social media.

“As you can see, Congress really has their finger on the pulse of America,” the conservative Daily Caller snarked on Twitter.

“This some sort of plan to generate confusion via obfuscation?” @tweeting_chance responded to the tweet. “Don’t we have enough of that already in our legislation?”

Other changes would remove floor privileges from former House members convicted of crimes related to their House service or election and would make it a violation of the Code of Official Conduct for a house member or employee to disclose the identity of a whistleblower.

House members and their employees would also be banned from disseminating “manipulated media,” including “deepfakes.”
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