Preventing an Unhinged President From Using the Nuclear Codes: This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike. The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has requested National Guard troops be deployed to clear and secure the Capitol, a senior Democratic aide said Wednesday.
We demand that every progressive in Congress refuse to vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House until she publicly pledges to bring Medicare for all to the floor of the House for a vote in January:
Heading into the vote, there were also open questions surrounding the intentions of several incoming progressive lawmakers — including Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) — who had knocked off Democratic incumbents in the primaries and had declined to forecast how they’d vote in the Speaker’s race.
In the end, however, those newcomers declined to go after Pelosi, citing a need for Democrats to unite heading into the new Congress.
Dear progressive members of Congress,
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The short version is that I’m tired of seeing people suffer in one of the most powerful countries in the world, and it’s time to hold our representatives accountable for change.
Reps.-elect Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman on Sunday declined to state in a CNN interview whether they would support California Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid to be reelected as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Public intellectual and Harvard professor Dr. Cornel West and political comedian Jimmy Dore have joined the People’s Party Advisory Council. Together with the Movement for a People’s Party, they are launching the Force The Vote petition and organizing campaign. The campaign aims to pressure The Squad and House progressives to refuse to vote for Rep. Nancy Pelosi as Speaker until she publicly pledges to bring Medicare for all to the floor of the House for a vote. Nearly 10,000 people signed the petition overnight.
Dore hosted Dr. West on The Jimmy Dore Show Friday evening where they broke the news. “We’re joining forces with the Movement for a People’s Party. We are ForceTheVote.org,” said Dore. “There’s never a wrong time to do the right thing. And now is the time, in the middle of a deadly pandemic. There’s never been a better time to have a Medicare for all vote.”
The pandemic and a Democrat-controlled House presents a once-in-a-century opportunity to shove hard toward getting Americans the same healthcare rights afforded to everyone else in every major country on earth and forcing all House Democrats who oppose it to expose themselves to their constituents instead of passing the blame to the Republicans. With things getting more and more desperate, waiting for the next once-in-a-century opportunity to even begin pushing is a ridiculous proposition.
In contrast, she said, “this question of whether Pelosi should be ousted altogether, and whether we have to do so because there’s not someone in the ranks, is a new one.”
“It’s an interesting conversation given that we’ve had now two years of these progressive ‘Squad’ members in office who came in really hot to do something about Nancy Pelosi and to threaten her leadership at that point,” she added.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is publicly rejecting those calls, saying that Democrats don’t have the votes to pass „Medicare for All“ in the House and there are other options the party has that would affect real change.
House Democrats started this month hoping, and preparing, to gain seats in the election. Instead, their once-robust majority in the House has dwindled, and Democrats are on track to begin next year with the slimmest majority in decades.
Now members on the progressive left and Democratic Party moderates are again at odds over whose policies won in 2020 and how they should govern as a party.
That is why I am calling upon the House to return to session later this week to vote on Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Maloney’s “Delivering for America Act,” which prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020. House Democratic Leader Hoyer will soon be announcing the legislative schedule for the coming week.
To save the Postal Service, I am also calling upon Members to participate in a Day of Action on Tuesday by appearing at a Post Office in their districts for a press event.
A majority of members of the House of Federation voted for Aden Farah, vice president of the Somali Regional State.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday demanded that President Trump provide a list of the agencies involved in deploying law enforcement officers around Washington, D.C., in response to the crowds of demonstrators protesting police brutality.
Some officers policing protests in the city in recent days have been seen without any identifying labels on their uniforms, raising questions about which law enforcement agencies they represent.
The House is expected to vote on a bill reauthorizing expired national security surveillance authorities on Wednesday afternoon in a vote by proxy, a controversial rule change which allows members to vote on behalf of their absent colleagues. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pull the bill reauthorizing authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, arguing that voting by proxy is unconstitutional.
As Democratic and Republican leadership in Congress spent the last two weeks engaged in fraught negotiations and partisan bickering over an interim emergency relief bill to address the ballooning coronavirus crisis, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez emerged as the loudest progressive critic of the legislation in Congress. While recognizing that Democrats managed to secure some wins in the nearly $500 billion legislation—which includes funding for hospitals, small businesses, and testing—Ocasio-Cortez has essentially dismissed it as a Band-Aid for a gunshot wound.
The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service reached the same conclusion when it investigated the question in the aftermath of 9/11.
Under the U.S. Constitution, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence cannot stay in office past their four-year terms without being reelected. If the election does not happen for any reason, constitutional rules of succession kick in.
That could mean a lawmaker down the line of succession who is not up for reelection could be the new president.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday for not allowing him to speak on the floor before the House approved a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package.
Massie had sought to force a roll-call vote on the measure, earning a condemnation from President Trump in the process and criticism from a number of members of Congress.
Horovitz added that Gantz was “spitting in the face” of his voters with his latest decision.
The Meretz leader called on others in the left bloc to not support this move.
In a dramatic turn of events, the Blue and White Party that served as the alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the March 2 election, broke up on Thursday after party head Benny Gantz decided to enter Netanyahu’s government.
Israel’s Supreme Court ordered a Thursday vote to elect a new Knesset (Israeli Parliament) speaker after Yuli Edelstein announced his resignation Wednesday, allowing senior MKAmir Peretz to lead the plenary.
The court decided late Wednesday night to hold the vote Thursday.
In the ruling, Supreme Court President Justice Esther Hayut attacked Edelstein, saying he had committed „an unprecedented violation of the rule of law.“ Hayut had strongly criticized Edelstein’s decision to lock the plenary contrary to the court’s decision.
Earlier, the High Court debated a petition to accuse Edelstein of dishonoring the court, after he resigned earlier Wednesday, locking the Knesset plenum contrary to the court’s decision, which ruled that a new Speaker will be selected by Wednesday midnight.
Never before has such a senior public official – Edelstein is second in line to President Rivlin in the state’s official hierarchy – thumbed his nose so directly at Israel’s judicial system, sparking an unprecedented constitutional crisis in the midst of the coronavirus crisis which is plaguing both Israel and the world.
There’s no direct analogy, of course, with the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that spurred FDR to make his famous “infamy speech” while asking Congress to approve a declaration of war against Japan – other than in the potential if not existential threat that Edelstein’s move poses to Israel’s future.
This prompted the High Court to convene urgently to decide how to move forward, with proceedings seemingly set to extend into the night.
According to Knesset protocols, Edelstein’s resignation will come into effect within 48 hours. The Knesset won’t be able to vote on a new Knesset speaker until then, and Edelstein said that the Knesset will not be able to convene for a vote until Monday. Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan is looking into ways to circumvent the protocols and appoint an acting Knesset speaker.
Hanegbi, who heads the Agriculture Ministry, and Elkin, minister for Jerusalem affairs and environmental protection, are joining Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Likud parliamentarian Gideon Sa’ar, who is known as a Netanyahu rival, in supporting the court’s decision.
Despite also voicing criticism of the ruling, on Monday Erdan said „we must respect the ruling or else resign ourselves to anarchy,“ while Sa’ar stressed that calls not to accept a direct court ruling are „unacceptable.“
Crazy turn of events.
The High Court ruled in a unanimous decision Monday that Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein must convene the Knesset no later than Wednesday, to elect his replacement.
Israel’s High Court of Justice approved Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) Speaker Yuli Edelstein’s request to submit his answer today at 9 pm (local time) regarding whether he will convene a parliamentary vote for his replacement.
Throughout Israel’s 72-year existence, the Knesset Speaker had only been replaced once a new government was sworn in. Thus, replacing Edelstein before a government is formed would represent an unprecedented move, even with a majority vote.
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the country’s parliament to reconvene for the selection of a new speaker, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he tries to steer the country through the coronavirus crisis and fend off a looming corruption trial.
The current speaker, Yuli Edelstein of Netanyahu’s Likud party, suspended the parliament’s activities last week, citing procedural issues and restrictions on large gatherings due to the virus.
Edelstein, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party, last week suspended parliamentary activities, preventing the newly elected legislature from choosing a new speaker and forming committees critical to the country’s fight against coronavirus.
Monday is an important test for Israeli democracy. The Knesset is due to resume its deliberations amidst the political crisis and the spread of the coronavirus.
If the Knesset chairman Yuri Edelstein, backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political hatchetmen from Likud, continue with their delay tactics to prevent the legislative branch performing its duty, Israel will win the dubious title of the only „parliamentary democracy“ to fail to recognize the results of its last democratic general election and to be governed by an inoperative parliament.
Since a majority of Knesset members – 61 out of 120 – oppose the government, Edelstein was dispatched to block the activity of the legislature and prevent it from voting in a new speaker. It is inconceivable that a temporary speaker would use his authority to set the agenda in order to prevent the selection of a permanent speaker. It is parliamentary bullying, and it must stop immediately.
Protesters said they were angry at anti-democratic measures being taken to fight the coronavirus outbreak, such as this week’s decision to use cyber measures to track the location of people diagnosed with the virus as well as suspected coronavirus patients, in addition to strict restrictions to achieve social distancing, such as barring thousands of people from leaving their homes.
Further, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein dispersed parliament on Wednesday, deepening the paralyzation of Israel’s legislative body, which critics have seen as an attack on the checks and balances within Israel’s democratic institutions.
Blue and White expressed outrage, accusing Edelstein of „trampling Israeli democracy at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s behest.“ The party said it would appeal to the Supreme Court against Edelstein on Thursday to force him to convene the plenum and „end the craziness.“
We are about to let the government gain absolute control over our lives – and thus know who we are, where we have been, when and with whom and who we speak to and when – without any form of consent or restriction.
By preventing the formation of the organizing committee, Speaker Yuli Edelstein also hampers the formation of the Knesset oversight committees on the coronavirus crisis
Edelstein has effectively prorogued parliament and with a total coronavirus shutdown expected in Israel any day now, politicians and political commentators have argued that the speaker’s actions have engendered one of Israel’s severest constitutional crises ever.
„The manner of how the inauguration will take place will be decided after another assessment tomorrow with relevant professionals,“ Edelstein said.
Replacing Edelstein could let Kahol Lavan push through legislation to prevent Netanyahu from forming a government while under indictment
The congresswoman was asked the question as she was leaving a closed-door meeting in the House basement Wednesday morning.
She replied with one word: „Yes.“
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is leading a congressional delegation to Israel this week amid an intraparty debate over conditioning military aid to the close US ally and Democratic efforts to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to attack Iran.
“And no matter what our party — or wherever we are within our party — the fact that we have the shared values with Israel and that is one reason for our joy in the creation of Israel as a historical miracle, the greatest accomplishment of the [20th] century,” Pelosi said at a working lunch with Knesset members.
Krystal & Saagar: Pelosi’s impotence on full display with War Power, Impeachment failure
When lawmakers returned from Thanksgiving, the House Judiciary Committee took over the impeachment inquiry into President Trump as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Democrats will move forward. Come inside the impeachment inquiry with The Washington Post.
The California Democrat’s announcement and her description of Congress’s duty to act were not surprises. A little more than two work weeks remain before lawmakers break for Christmas, with votes on the articles of impeachment expected to be among the House’s final actions prior to recess. Congress has yet to decide how to keep the government operating beyond Dec. 20, when current funding instructions expire.
I believe that the truth will set us free, and the facts are clear. President Trump withheld Congressionally-approved military assistance to Ukraine for his political advantage and now is covering it up. Ukraine desperately needed this assistance. At least 11,000 Ukrainians have already died in the fight against Russia’s incursions into their country. The President’s actions undermined national security, jeopardized the integrity of our elections and violated his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.
President Nixon resigned office because of the break-in of the DNC Headquarters for his political gain and the cover-up. Some observers of that sad time of our history say that President Nixon’s offenses pale in comparison to what President Trump has done.
A Democratic source familiar with how the meeting transpired said it “devolved into the president calling the Speaker a name. He was quite nasty, so she stood up to go. She started to sit back down but Rep. Hoyer got her to go. Pelosi and Hoyer walked out of the meeting.”
The source added that when Pelosi and Hoyer were preparing to walk out of the meeting, Trump said to them: “I’ll see you at the polls.”
President Trump on Wednesday tweeted out photos from his contentious meeting with Democrats and Republicans on Syria, accusing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of having an „unhinged meltdown.“
The decision came after Democratic leaders, returning to Washington following a two-week recess, had reached out to members of their diverse caucus to gauge the party’s support for such a vote.
After back-to-back meetings with party leaders and then the full caucus, Pelosi announced that no such vote would take place.
Elijah Cummings, the chair of the House oversight committee, revealed that it would issue a subpoena to the White House if it failed to hand over documents on contacts with Ukraine by Friday.
“I do not take this step lightly,” Cummings said, saying the White House had stonewalled on demands for cooperation for several weeks.
The aide said the Speaker told members the inquiry “isn’t about politics” or partisanship — “It’s about patriotism,” she said.
“The idea that this has anything to do with whether you like him or not — forget that. That’s about the election. This is about the Constitution,” Pelosi said, according to an aide.
Pelosi: Impeachment worth losing House in 2020
„It doesn’t matter,“ Pelosi responded. „Our first responsibility is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.“
„People say you have to take a political risk doing that,“ she continued. „That doesn’t matter. That doesn’t matter.
Former Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin, former Chancellor Philip Hammond and ex-Attorney General Dominic Grieve are all suspected of being assisted by members of the European Commission, it was reported.
Another source added: “The Government is working on extensive investigations into Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Hilary Benn [who tabled the Bill] and their involvement with foreign powers and the funding of their activities.
Downing Street has launched a major investigation into alleged links between foreign governments and the MPs behind the ‚Surrender Act‘ which could force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Sources said No 10 took the unprecedented action after officials received intelligence that the MPs, including former Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin, had received help drafting the Bill from members of the French Government and the European Union.
The supposedly impartial speaker took the opportunity to declare that he supports written constitution, and even ad-libbed from his script to actually compare the Prime Minister to a knife-wielding street gang member. A new Speaker can’t come soon enough…
The House of Commons Speaker compared the Prime Minister’s vow not to request the Article 50 extension demanded by the legislation to „robbing a bank“.
Mr Johnson has said he would rather be „dead in a ditch“ than ask for a delay to the UK’s departure, while ministers have suggested they will “test” the law out in the courts before enacting it.
Here is the full text of John Bercow’s resignation statement.
Colleagues, I would like to make a personal statement to the house. At the 2017 election I promised my wife and children that it would be my last. This is a pledge that I intend to keep. If the house votes tonight for an early general election, my tenure as Speaker and MP will end when this parliament ends.
If the house does not so vote, I have concluded that the least disruptive and most democratic course of action would be for me stand down at the close of business on Thursday, 31 October. Least disruptive because that date will fall shortly after the votes on the Queen’s speech expected on 21 and 22 October.
In 2009, he said he would only serve nine years as Speaker but has recently refused to step down.
A Commons source said Mr Bercow has privately told staff he is will step down as Speaker at the next election.
In an article for today’s MoS – printed below – Ms Leadsom says that, by allowing MPs to take over the Parliamentary timetable, the Speaker ‚hasn’t just bent the rules, he has broken them‘.
The Cabinet Minister – who clashed repeatedly with Mr Bercow when she was Commons Leader – describes last Tuesday’s vote as ‚a flagrant abuse‘, adding: ‚It is right that the Conservatives will recognise this fact at the next General Election by standing our candidate in Buckingham.‘
The Conservatives are set to break with convention and stand against John Bercow in the next general election, the Telegraph understands.
In what would be a dramatic move, the Tories are lining up a Brexiteer to take on the Commons Speaker in the constituency of Buckingham, in Buckinghamshire.
As Britain’s EU membership finally comes to an end next month, so (hopefully) will John Bercow’s miserable time as Speaker. Luckily, however, the St Helena Tourism Board have posted a job vacancy perfect for him should he be looking for a new job over the coming weeks.
„Yes, you’ve got people dying. Come on now,“ Cummings said during a speech at the National Press Club in Washington. „I think we have a real to do whatever is necessary to save lives.“
Cummings said he has not spoken to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she intends to call back the House but he would, „totally support her if she did.“
Among the ideas: bringing the House back to session during the August recess to pass an assault weapons ban and other bills,
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar posted to Instagram a picture with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from a trip they took together to Africa to send a pointed message to President Donald Trump after his recent „go back“ tweet.
If a picture says a thousand words, this one may do a lot to show that two powerful members of Congress can disagree on issues, but still have respect for each other.
They are now the top, most… ….visible members of the House Democrats, who are now wedded to this bitterness and hate. The Republican vote was 187-4. Wow! Also, this was the first time since 1984 that the Speaker of the House was ruled Out of Order and broke the Rules of the House. Quite a day!
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) took to Twitter to note Pelosi would not be able to speak on the floor for the remainder of the day after failing to comply with House rules.
“BREAKING NEWS —> Speaker Pelosi just broke the rules of the House, and is no longer permitted to speak on the floor of the House for the rest of the day,” he tweeted.
But McCarthy’s tweet ultimately proved to be premature.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) requested Pelosi’s speaking privileges be restored immediately after the vote to strike her comments from the record failed on the floor.
Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver abandons the chair while presiding in the House of Representatives over dysfunction among Democrats and Republicans.
“We don’t ever, ever, want to pass up an opportunity, it seems, to escalate. And that’s what this is,” he added, referring to Republicans‘ motion to strike Pelosi’s remarks. “I dare anybody to look at any of the footage and see if there was any unfairness, but unfairness is not enough because we want to just fight.”
Cleaver’s decision to abandon the chair appeared unprecedented, at least in recent history.
B0mbshell! Chaos in The House as Vote To Strike Pelosi’s Trump Remarks From The Record Fails
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s remarks on in the House Chambers draw a response from Rep. Doug Collins.
At a congressional event, Pelosi, second in line to the presidency, was asked if she had been notified by the White House, and she replied, “No.”
The Queen may reject a Brexiteer Prime Minister’s demand to suspend Parliament to ram through a crash-out from the EU, a Whitehall grandee said today.
Lord Armstrong, who was Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet secretary, said the monarch could decide to consult Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Speaker John Bercow and Lord Speaker Lord Fowler if she believed the Government was asking her to prorogue Parliament to neuter its “rights or duties”.
WON’T somebody rid us of this troublesome Speaker?
John Bercow may not be Brexiteers‘ favourite as Speaker as the House of Commons, but he has sought to live up to the spirit of Brexit by constantly letting the expected deadline for his departure slip.
Mr Bercow had reportedly told friends he was planning to stand down in the summer, having spent 10 years in the post.
REMAINER John Bercow has vowed to stay on as speaker of the House of Commons past July after threatening to block a No Deal Brexit.
The move risks sparking a fresh rift with Eurosceptic Tories, who have accused him of using his supposedly neutral role in Parliament to try to keep Britain in the EU.
The wording of the Government’s motion had to be changed after the Speaker John Bercow said the Prime Minister couldn’t bring her twice-defeated deal back.
Theresa May is set to push ahead with a critical vote on part of her Brexit deal after overcoming the speaker’s ban on repeatedly putting the same plan to MPs.
The motion satisfies the EU Council’s conditions to lock in 22nd May as the UK’s new leaving date, meaning MPs could return to their constituencies on Friday evening saying the UK has a new leaving date, approved by Parliament. If it’s not approved tomorrow the UK Government will have to seek a longer extension and prepare for new European Elections…
– Theresa May seeks third vote on Brexit deal
– David Cameron tells PM it is time to compromise
– Theresa May pledges to quit if her deal is agreed by MPs
– Approximately 20 hardline Tory Eurosceptics still oppose deal
– Tory MPs tell PM she should quit even if her deal is defeated
– MPs reject all eight Brexit options in ‚indicative votes‘
– Boris Johnson: Why I will back Theresa May’s Brexit deal
– Kate Hoey: Labour insulting millions by backing 2nd referendum
– Sign up to the Telegraph’s Brexit WhatsApp group
The ludicrous Bercow claimed yesterday that ‘Part of the role of speaker is to speak truth to power – and no matter what, I always will’. In reality, Mr Speaker speaks for the powerful Remainer establishment.
As I have argued before on spiked, Bercow’s backdoor attempt to thwart the popular Brexit revolt is the exact opposite of the heroic role played by the speaker in the English revolution of the 17th century. In 1642 speaker Lenthall defied Charles I when the king entered the Commons with armed soldiers in a failed bid to arrest rebel MPs. By contrast, Bercow has parked his tanks on the people’s political lawn.
– Commons Speaker John Bercow detonated Theresa May’s plans for the Brexit endgame with ruling yesterday
– Brexit hardliners seized on the move today as new hope for securing a No Deal exit from the EU next week
– May had hoped to win a last minute third vote on her deal before Thursday’s crucial summit in Brussels
– Instead she faces begging for a long delay to Brexit with no clear plan on what to do with any extra time
– Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay hinted the Government could revive the deal next week despite the ruling
– It puts the Government on course for a war with the Commons Speaker amid mounting constitutional crisis
John Bercow has plunged Britain into a “major constitutional crisis” after banning Theresa May from holding a third vote on her Brexit deal, the Solicitor General has said.
The Speaker – a Remain voter who has faced repeated accusations of anti-Brexit bias – invoked a convention last used 99 years ago to stop the vote taking place.
He warned Mrs May that if she wants to hold a third „meaningful vote“ on the withdrawal agreement there must be substantial changes.
Er verwies dabei auf eine Regelung aus dem frühen 17. Jahrhundert, wonach dieselbe Vorlage nicht beliebig oft zur Abstimmung gestellt werden kann. Wenn es sich dagegen um „einen neuen Vorschlag“ handele, sei „alles in Ordnung“.
We live in a “representative democracy” – or so we tell ourselves. But who or what is the present parliament representing? Not the majority in the country, as expressed by in the 2016 referendum and the 2017 general election. Some two thirds of constituencies voted for Brexit – a vote that would give an unprecedented landslide majority in a parliamentary election – and yet most MPs still support Remain.
We would have to go back rather a long way to find a precedent, to a time when “democracy” was a dirty word.
– Watch the Brexit debate in the live stream above
– MPs to vote on Thursday afternoon on delaying Brexit
– Remainer plot to postpone Brexit by up to two years
– Brexiteer hopes pinned on Geoffrey Cox changing legal advice
– Will the EU allow an Article 50 extension that will delay Brexit?
– Nick Timothy: Mrs May is responsible for losing control of Brexit
– Nigel Farage: Brexit betrayal one of most shameful chapters in our history
Speaker John Bercow has refused to call the cross-party amendment B rejecting a second referendum, despite the fact that it was signed by 127 MPs including the entirety of the DUP and had numerous Labour MPs as leading co-signatories including Caroline Flint, Gareth Snell and John Mann. Shameless…
Instead Bercow has selected four amendments more to his own liking:
John Bercow, the speaker, says he is calling four amendments, plus an amendment to an amendment.
1) Sarah Wollaston’s – calling for an extension to article 50 to allow for time for a referendum on Brexit.
2) Hilary Benn’s – saying next Wednesday should be set aside for a debate that would start the process of allowing MPs to hold indicative votes on Brexit alternatives. There is also an amendment to this amendment, from Labour’s Lucy Powell, changing the timing.
3) Labour’s – saying article 50 should be extended to allow time for MPs to find a majority for a different approach to Brexit.
4) Chris Bryant’s – saying Theresa May should not be allowed to put her deal to the Commons again.
British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday his party would back a three-month delay to Brexit if the government cannot get an exit deal approved by parliament before Feb. 26.
A group of between 10-15 MPs confronted Labour’s chief whip Nick Brown in his office last night demanding him explain the decision. Sources said the group included some of Mr Corbyn’s biggest leftie supporters.
One furious insider said: “How are we going to explain this when we claim not to be blocking Brexit but we’re effectively going to kick it into the long grass.”
– Jeremy Corbyn was asked whether he would back Yvette Cooper’s plan today
– He snapped ’no comment‘ at reporters and stalked off away from questions
– Labour sources said there would be no official position from the party today
– Cooper’s plan to delay Brexit instead of a no deal will be voted on tomorrow
– But it can only succeed if Corbyn tells all his MPs to vote for it in the Commons
However, only some amendments will be picked for a vote by the Speaker, John Bercow. Asked which ones the government might back, May’s spokesman said it was impossible to say before they were selected.
So the important votes will not be based on Mrs May’s plans, but on amendments to it.
The consequences could see Brexit delayed by nine months, a time-limit put on the backstop and calling a second referendum.
Bear with us, we’ll take you through them all step by step.
The British constitution is based on four things: statute law, common law, works of authority, and Parliamentary conventions. These conventions exist for a reason. They’re unwritten understandings about how something in Parliament should be done which, although not legally enforceable, until now has been almost universally observed.
To the public, process is arcane, boring, and sometimes incomprehensible. But given that we lack a written constitution, it is important, and Parliament must be conducted in a manner which is recognised and respected.
And there is only one possible name for this one. It has to be the Parliament of Pygmies, presided over as it is by the pygmy-in-chief, Speaker John Bercow, who, early in his period of office, was denounced by one infuriated Minister as a ‘sanctimonious, stupid dwarf’.
Ordinarily all this would be no more than matter for wry amusement. But the times are anything but ordinary. So strange are they, in fact, that the pygmies think they are giants and ape the gestures of the parliamentary greats of the past.
Commons Speaker John Bercow secretly met Tory rebel Dominic Grieve just hours before throwing out centuries of tradition to allow the MP to scupper Theresa May’s Brexit plans.
The pair spoke in Mr Bercow’s grace-and-favour Commons apartment the day before the Speaker tore up the rule book to allow the former Attorney General to table an amendment to wrest control of Brexit from the Prime Minister, The Mail on Sunday can reveal
SPEAKER John Bercow hurled insults at aides and binned their advice when they tried to warn against anti-Brexit bias, it was claimed yesterday.
He allegedly bawled them down and declared: “I’m not interested in what a gaggle of clerks has to say.”
The astonishing clash came two hours before he ripped up the Commons rule book to allow rebel MPs the chance to frustrate Britain’s exit from the EU.
But if you think the only thing that matters is that a majority voted to leave the EU in the referendum, then you are likely to think Mr Bercow is a dishonest and biased scoundrel who has broken the rules in his determination to stop Brexit.
It is possible to take a different view of the Speaker’s behaviour. For a start it is entirely consistent with the way that he has done the job over the past 10 years – when a majority of MPs have repeatedly chosen to keep him in the chair.
Those 308 MPs were not voting to take back control of Brexit from the government, but from the 17.4million people who voted to leave the EU. They are not ‘rebels’ but the cross-party political wing of the Remain-backing UK establishment, determined to thwart the democratic vote for Brexit at all costs.
Far from defending democracy, Bercow was acting as the agent of this elitist ‘coup’.
The controversy sparked a near riot in Parliament as Brexiteers shouted their fury at the Speaker.
Amid scenes of chaos on the Commons floor, one livid Cabinet minister confronted Mr Bercow just before PMQs to accuse him of being “totally out of order”.
The Sun can reveal that seething Chief Whip Julian Smith – one of Mrs May’s closest lieutenants – accused Mr Bercow of “throwing centuries of precedence in the bin to thwart the referendum result”.
Prisons Minister Rory Stewart has been a doughty defender of Theresa May’s deal in the past weeks.
The ruling by Mr Bercow, whose relationship with the government has been rancorous for years and has deteriorated over recent months, began a procedural row lasting more than an hour in the Commons as Conservative MPs accused him of “sophistry” and bias, Labour MPs applauded him and the Speaker refused to deny that he had overruled…
Whatever shape Brexit takes, the effects of this unilateral change to parliamentary rules will be felt for a long time
Then there’s the matter of how the Commons works in the future, long after Bercow has gone. Does this mean that another Speaker can change procedure as he pleases, even against the advice of his own clerks? How can the Commons prevent this leading to the next referee being so obviously lacking in neutrality that their authority is even less than Bercow’s?
Given the propensity of thought-to-be-lost Morecambe and Wise episodes to turn up decades later in west African cinema store cupboards, we must advise the parliamentary archivists immediately to incinerate all recorded footage of the House of Commons between 12.41 and 13.53 on the afternoon of Wednesday 9 January 2019, and promptly blast the ashes deep into outer space.
Actually, perhaps that’s too risky.
It is true to say that you cannot really make an argument that Bercow’s action is supported by precedent or the rules of the House. What matters is if they are supported by the one rule of British politics that does matter: do you have a majority in the House of Commons? If you have a majority in the House of Commons, it doesn’t matter if you are found to have misled MPs, provided that majority is willing to sustain you in office. It doesn’t matter if you are upending centuries of precedent, because the only precedent that matters in our constitution is that Parliament can do whatever it wants.
Furious Brexiteers raise questions about the Remain-supporting Speaker in angry parliamentary exchanges.
Raising a point of order after PMQs, he said: “Mr Speaker, I have not been in this House as long as you but I have been here for 18 years and I have never known any occasion when any Speaker has overruled a motion of the House of Commons. “You have said again and again you’re a servant of this House and we take you at your word, and I have heard you many times on points of order when people have challenged you say ‘I cannot do X or Y because I am bound by a motion of the House’. “You have done that multiple times in my experience, so why are you overruling this today?”
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I suspect that, one way or another, Mr Bercow’s turbulent tenure in the Commons chair is coming to an end.
Perhaps in months rather than weeks, but not before the big Brexit votes (and it’s not impossible that somewhere along the way, he might have to make this kind of ruling again).
The basic question his would-be successors will have to answer is how much of the Bercow revolution in the way the Commons works should be scrapped – and how much should be retained?
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> MPs have voted by 308 to 297 to force Theresa May to return to the Commons with a Brexit plan in just three days if her current deal is defeated
> Tory MPs accused Commons Speaker John Bercow of not being impartial on Brexit – but he denied the charges.
Democrats plan to tweak the rules so that a motion to vacate can only be offered on the House floor if a majority of either the House Republican Conference or the House Democratic Caucus agrees to do so. The change limits the ability of any one member to wreak havoc on the floor and ultimately bolsters incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., against potential agitators in either party.
Meeting started at 11.30am
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has said there is an „arguable case“ that the Government committed contempt of Parliament over the legal advice on Brexit.
Senior MPs from six parties wrote to Mr Bercow asking him to begin contempt proceedings against the Government after full publication of the attorney general’s findings was withheld „in the public interest“.
Theresa May faces a bitter test of strength with MPs today as they mount an historic bid to force release of legal advice on her Brexit deal.
The House of Commons will vote on a contempt motion that could plunge the PM’s government further into chaos.
John Bercow, the Speaker, announced last night that he would accept a motion of contempt against the government for failing to comply with a Commons order to publish the advice. The motion, which will be debated today, could result in Geoffrey Cox, the attorney-general, or David Liddington, Mrs May’s de facto deputy, being suspended from parliament.
John Bercow said there was an „arguable case“ that a contempt of Parliament has been committed.
It means MPs will debate and vote on the issue on Tuesday.
A cross-party alliance of MPs has written to Speaker John Bercow calling on him to launch proceedings
Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wisc) explains to SiriusXM radio’s Dean Obeidallah that despite Democrats winning the House on November 6 it’s still too early to say if Nancy Pelosi will be elected speaker, noting it will be about the final seat count of the Democrats victory. (November 7, 2018 show)
You won’t be missed, I promise you. In fact, could you please leave now rather than in January? The sooner you’re gone the better.