House Democrats Propose Rule Changes, Eliminate Gendered Language for Incoming Congress

Headline Roundup January 3rd, 2021

On Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) proposed changes to rules for the next Congress. The new rules include provisions for gendered language, replacing "he" or "she" with "member," and "father" and "mother" with "parent." The 48-page packet also includes whistleblower protections, revokes floor privileges for former members convicted of election-related crimes, and blocks members from making some last-minute amendments. The new Congressional session begins Sunday, and the House is expected to meet on the measure next week. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called the measure "stupid" in a tweet Friday.

The proposed new House rules received coverage from center- and right-rated outlets, with little to no coverage from left-rated outlets. Coverage from the center tended to focus on the package of rules as a whole; some voices from the right tended to focus on the proposed gendered language changes.

House Democrats Propose Rule Changes, Eliminate Gendered Language for Incoming Congress

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) revealed Friday morning a set of proposed changes to the House rules for the next Congress, which convenes Sunday at noon, including changes that would enshrine gender-inclusive language and cease the use of so-called non-inclusive words in the text of the House rules.

The proposed changes, which will be voted on shortly after the House enters session, would swap out the words father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, husband, and wife for the words parent, child, sibling, parent’s sibling, and spouse in a...

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From the Right
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The Democratic majority in the House has proposed sweeping changes to language used in the chamber, eliminating gendered terms including "mother" and "husband."

The proposed rule package seeks to “honor all gender identities” by striking words including “seaman,” “chairman,” “father,” “mother,” “sister,” “husband,” and “wife” from use and replacing them with gender-neutral terms including “seafarer,” “chair,” “parent,” “child,” and “sibling.”

The resolution, proposed Friday by Rep. James McGovern, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, will be voted on after the 117th Congress is sworn in on Sunday.

If passed,...

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From the Center
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) announced their proposed rules for the 117th Congress Friday.

The Democratic rules package includes the revocation of floor privileges for former members of Congress convicted of crimes connected to their service or election.

It would also make it a violation of the code of conduct for members, officers or employees of Congress to identify a whistleblower.

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