Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) requested a manual roll call vote this afternoon on a procedural vote that Democrats hoped to use to force Republicans to bring the Senate's bill to reopen the government to the House Floor. Whip Hoyer’s request, which would have shown which members wanted to reopen government, was denied by the Speaker. Below are his remarks and a link to the video.
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“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Many of my colleagues on either side of the aisle have stated their preference for, as the Gentlelady from North Carolina said, opening the government. They want to open the government as soon as possible and would vote for a clean bill.
“Mr. Speaker, we can have that vote right now. I'd like to give my colleagues the opportunity to be heard right now in this chamber and show the American people whether they want to reopen the government today or not.
“Mr. Speaker, as a result, I request that this vote be conducted by a roll call under Clause 2 of House Rule XX.”
[The Speaker Pro Tempore: “Those in favor of the yeas and nays will rise and be counted. A sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. In response to the Gentleman from Maryland, under Clause 2-a of Rule XX, a record vote is conducted by electronic device unless the Speaker directs otherwise. This vote will be conducted by electronic vote.”]
“Parliamentary inquiry, Mr. Speaker. Does that mean if you ruled that we would take the vote in the manner in which I requested, that we would do so?”
[The Speaker Pro Tempore: “It's the Speaker's discretion, and the Speaker has ruled that we will take this vote by electronic device.”]
“So my colleagues will not have the opportunity to express themselves in that manner?”
[The Speaker Pro Tempore: “Pursuant to Clause 9 of Rule XX, the Chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on the question of adoption. This is a 15-minute vote.”]