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While nation descends into chaos, Congress debates whether to replace gender-neutral language in House rules

Published in Blog on January 07, 2021 by Convention Of States

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Does this sound like a good use of Congress' time?

The Democrats in the U.S. House have proposed new House rules that would replace all the gendered language with gender-neutral terms, according to Fox News.

For example, if passed the rules would replace terms such as "mother," "father," "daughter," "son," "sister" and "brother" with "parent," "child" and "sibling," respectively. Examples of other terms include the replacement of "chairman" with "chair" and "seaman" with "seafarer."

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Hakeem Jeffries defended the proposed change, telling reporters that the rules represent a "gorgeous mosaic."

"From my standpoint, the gender-neutral language is just consistent with an effort for the House, in the best tradition of the House, to reflect the gorgeous mosaic of the American people in the most sensitive fashion possible," Jeffries said. "And the House, of course, is designed to be the institution closest to the American people to reflect the hopes, the dreams, the aspirations, the fears, concerns, anxieties, in the words of the framers the passions of the American people."

If Jeffries was really close to the American people, he would know that We the People would rather have our representatives do actual work than discuss whether it's a good idea to replace "seaman" with "seafarer."

House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy did a pretty good job summing up how most people are reacting to the new rules. "This is stupid," he said in a tweet.

Our federal officials don't have a clue what the American people think, feel, or believe. They sit on Capitol Hill debating useless topics and handing down edicts while Americans suffer under a depressed economy, tyrannical lockdowns, and a growing frustration with how the federal government operates.

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