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tv   U.S. House of Representatives Democrats on the Dismissal of Chaplin Conroy  CSPAN  April 28, 2018 12:06am-12:18am EDT

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for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition. >> mr. speaker, pursuant to clause 2-a-1 of rule 9, i rise to give notice of my intent to raise a question of the privileges of the house. the form of the resolution is s follows. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may proceed. mr. crowley: mr. speaker, i rise to offer the resolution previously noticed. mr. speaker, where father pot trick conroy has served honorably as house chaplain since may 25, 2011, when he was then appointed by speaker john boehner, in consultation with democratic leader nancy pelosi. whereas father conroy had been reappointed and approved by the house of representatives on three separate occasions, most recently january 3, 2017. ereas on april 16, 2018, the
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nation's first jesuit and only the second catholic chaplain of the united states house of representatives, submitted his resignation before the full house. whereas this resignation was forced by paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives, and members of the house republican conference. whereas, the speaker's team said, quote, the decision to remove the chaplain was his, speaker ryan's, end quote. whereas the lack of notification of his forced resignation or adequate resignation provide bide speaker paul d. ryan is not reflected of the integrity of the house of representatives. whereas on november 6, 2017, during debate on the g.o.p. tax scam, the chaplain led in opening prayer asking god to bless congress can and for congress to quote, guarantee
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that there are not winners and losers under the new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all americans, end quote. whereas this prayer reflects the core values of many americans, in particular people of the catholic faith, including care and concern for the poor and the marginalized. whereas on april 9, 2018, pope francis published his third apoe stolic exhortation entitled, rejoice and be heard, which states that christians must care for the poor, the sick, and the immigrant. whereas under the g.o.p. tax bill, more than 80% of its benefits flow to the richest 1% and the corporate special interests, ignoring the needs for struggling men, women, and children. whereas this prayer is reported to be the chief reason for father conroy's forced resignation by the republican congress. whereas dismissal of father conroy following this prayer shows republicans true refusal
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to embody the values of faith and charity in legislative work. where was father conroy's forced resignation is concerning to a number of members on both sides of the aisle. whereas the house of representatives would benefit from being guided by a chaplain with a commitment to caring about those most in need. whereas the rights of members of the house of representatives will undermine -- were undermined when the leader of one party made a unilateral decision to dismiss the chaplain. whereas this forced resignation has compromised the dignity of the house of representatives by politicizing the office of the house chaplain. whereas the circumstances behind his resignation compromised the integrity and indignity of the house of representatives. resolved that there is hereby established a select committee to investigate the actions and motivations behind the resignation of the house chaplain, the select committee shall be comprised much six members, three shall be appointed by the chair of the committee on ethics, and three by the ranking member of the
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committee on ethics. the select committee shall investigate the motivations and actions of the speaker behind the resignation of the chaplain. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from new york to offer the resolution just noticed. does the gentleman offer the resolution? mr. crowley: i do. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. whereas father patrick conroy has served honorably as house chaplain since may 25, 2011 when he was then appointed by speaker john boehner in consultation with democratic leader nancy pelosi. whereas foreconroy has been reappointed and approved by the house of representatives on three separate occasions, most recently january 3, 2017. whereas on april 16, 2018, the nation's first jesuit and only the second catholic chaplain of
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the united states house of representatives submitted his resignation before the full house. whereas this resignation was forced by paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives, and members of the house republican conference. whereas the speaker's team said the decision to remove the chaplain was the speak -- was speaker ryan's. whereas the notification of his forced resignation or adequate explanation is not reflective of the integrity of the house of representatives. . whereas on november 6, 2017, during debate on the g.o.p. tax scam, the chaplain led an opening prayer asking god to bless congress and for congress to guarantee that there are not winners and losers under the new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all americans. whereas this prayer reflects the core values of many americans, and in particular people of the catholic face, including care and concern for the poor and marginalized. whereas on april 9, 2018, pope
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francis published his third entitled rejoice and be heard which states that christians must care for the poor, the sick and the immigrant. whereas under the g.o.p. tax bill, more than 80% of its benefits flow to the richest 1% and the corporate special interests, ignoring the needs for struggling men and women and children. whereas this prayer has been reported to be the chief reason for father conroy's forced resignation by the republican congress. whereas the dismissal of father conroy following this prayer shows republicans' true refusal to embody the values of faith and charity in their legislative work. whereas father conroy's forced resignation is concerning to a number of members of both sides of the aisle. whereas the house of representatives would benefit from being guide by a chaplain with a commitment to caring about those most in need -- guided by a chaplain with a commitment to caring about those
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most in need. when the leader of one party made a unilateral decision to dismiss the chaplain. whereas this forced resignation has compromised the dignity of the house of representatives by politicizing the office of the house chaplain. whereas the circumstances behind this resignation comprise the integrity and dignity of the house of representatives. resolved that there is hereby established a select committee to investigate the actions and motivations behind the resignation of the house chaplain. this select committee shall be comprised of six members of which three shall be appointed by the chair of the committee on ethics, and three by the ranking member of the committee on ethics. the select committee shall investigate the motivations and actions of the speaker behind the resignation of the chaplain. the speaker pro tempore: the resolution qualifies. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i have a motion at the desk. mr. speaker, i have a motion at
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the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will state his inquiry. >> i ask the -- mr. hoyer: i ask the speaker if in fact the speaker of the house has the right to -- to remove he chaplain? the speaker pro tempore: the chair is not going to respond to the gentleman's inquiry. it is not the chair's purpose, it is the chair's purpose to respond to the matter that is before the house at the present time. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker -- excuse me. mr. speaker, is it correct that the chaplain is elected by the whole house to be the chaplain of the house of representatives? >> regular order. the speaker pro tempore: the chair is not going to respond to the matter as expressed by the distinguished minority whip. >> regular order. the speaker pro tempore: the issue before the house presently is a matter of the privileged
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resolution just noticed. mr. hoyer: therefore, mr. speaker, further parliamentary inquiry. are we in the position where the house will be unable to speak to the issue of removing the official, i.e. the chaplain, elected by the whole house? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is no longer recognized. the gentleman has not offered an inquiry that is in keeping with matters before the house. mr. mccarthy: mr. speaker. i have a motion at the desk. the clerk: resolution be laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from new york. >> mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays on the motion to fire. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are req
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