Rules of the Houseby Representative Theodore E. Deutch
Posted on 2013-01-03
DEUTCH. Madam Speaker, I urge a ``no'' vote on the previous
question. The 113th Congress convenes as we embark on a new year and,
we hope, for new politics. Yet anyone with a New Year's resolution
knows that self-improvement requires self-reflection. As full of
goodwill and common purpose as we are today, we must acknowledge why so
many Americans are fed up with our politics. Whether it's the attack
ads, the rampant misinformation, or the bitter partisanship, so much of
the frustration rises from the big money in our democracy.
Why the frustration? Elderly Americans don't have super PACS, Madam Speaker. Children in poverty don't have corporate lobbyists. The American people count on us to ensure that their voices are heard. That's what they expect from us. Americans' outrage over our inability to govern in the public interest is quickly becoming an accepted frustration, but it shouldn't be that way. It shouldn't be that way, Madam Speaker. In America, we don't have to accept the status quo. We the people make the rules.
It's time for the 28th amendment to the Constitution. Throughout American history, Republicans and Democrats alike have defended our right to decide our destiny as a people. We must restore our democracy to the people. This is the way to do it.