Washington, D.C. – On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a package of rules that will govern the body in the 117th Congress. In response, Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach (MN-07) issued the following statement:

“I voted against the ‘rules’ package propagated by the Democrat majority, which is a shameful attempt to quell minority dissent and suppress the voices of the millions of Americans represented by Republicans. Instead, Democrats are throwing a lifeline to Nancy Pelosi, whose inability to rally her own caucus is the primary driver of their desperation. This isn’t the right way to govern.

“At a time when respectful, open discourse is more important than ever, these rules erode the rights of the minority party by suddenly changing longstanding procedural rules, censoring speech unfavorable to Democrats, and further concentrating political power among a select few. Even more, the rule changes will increase reckless spending and lay the framework for radical policies like the Green New Deal to be enacted with little discussion. Such unilateral changes are antithetical to a society governed by free and fair debate.

“There are many reasons Americans are so frustrated with Congress – and these shenanigans are chief among them.”

Michelle Fischbach is a wife, mom, grandma, attorney, and the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District. Find updates from Rep. Fischbach’s congressional office on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.