Congressman Guest Votes Against “Deem and Pass” Rule Procedure
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) voted against House Democrats’ “deem and pass” procedural move that triggered automatic passage of the $3.5 trillion budget resolution. The procedure tied the passage of the budget resolution to passage of the rules of debate for other bills the House is considering – the bipartisan infrastructure package and H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021. This maneuver allowed House Democrats to pass the budget resolution along party lines through the rule without a stand-alone, recorded vote on the legislation.
“Speaker Pelosi’s ‘deem and pass’ process is a political scheme to provide cover to moderate Democrats by preventing an up or down vote on the wasteful $3.5 trillion budget resolution,” Congressman Guest said. “The American people do not deserve the deficit, debt, and waste that this resolution proposes, and they do not deserve to have the Democratic Majority act in such an underhanded way to pass a budget that does not represent the priorities of the American people.”