Thu, 01/12/2023 – 14:14
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) today spoke on the House floor to recap the first working week of the Republican Majority. During his remarks, the Congressman made clear that the Republican majority is not working for the American people, and instead is pursuing an extreme agenda that puts politics and power over the people.
The Congressman’s remarks, as delivered, are below.
After all the excitement over the Speaker’s race last week, it was good to get down to work this week…or NOT.
The new Republican majority protected rich donors from paying their fair share in taxes, naturally, and in the process delayed working families from getting their tax refunds. Way to go!
Next up: a select committee on the so-called “weaponization of the federal government.” Nothing like a Joe McCarthy-style committee to stoke more fear and distrust of the federal government only two years after the attack on our Capitol.
And then criminalizing women’s healthcare, because of course, that’s why the American people gave the Republicans the majority…
The red wave the Republicans dreamed about never materialized because the American people rejected their far-right agenda up and down the ballot. Clearly, they didn’t get the message.
And yet, they did nothing to tackle inflation – the biggest issue for the American people in the last election.
Mr. Speaker, this isn’t what the American people signed up for and it’s going to be a long two years if this is all they’re going to do.
And so, I reluctantly yield back.
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