As part of its new strategy to fight voter suppression, the House of Representatives will soon be debating the so-called Diversity Act, which would require all town halls and debate forums to be open to all registered voters.
But House Speaker Paul Ryan Paul Davis RyanBlue wave?
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“We are not going to allow diversity in our town halls, because that’s not the way democracy works,” Ryan said.
“There’s going to be a line, and we’re not going, ‘let’s open it up to everybody.'”
The bill’s sponsors say that it will allow voters to have their voices heard and that it’s designed to ensure all voters are represented.
But a number of Republicans, including Ryan and Rep. Jim Jordan (R, Ohio), have said that this legislation is only aimed at preventing voter fraud and that there are no barriers to the ability of non-white voters to participate in town hall meetings.
The bill would also require the House to review its diversity policies every year and create a “targeted voter education plan” to address problems with minority participation.
As Ryan has been touting his bill, other Republicans have been calling for its defeat.
“It’s not about protecting the right to speak,” Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R), who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, told The Hill on Wednesday.
“If we’re going to protect the right of people of color to speak, let’s protect the voice of the African-American community.”
Ryan, however, has been able to win over the conservative base of his party by saying that he has “always had faith” in his ability to be successful in the White House.
“It’s a testament to my faith in my ability to do this that I can make decisions that I think are right and that the American people can understand,” he said.
This article tagged under: white house,house,ryan,ryan hall,ryan chief source National Journal title House Speaker Ryan says ‘diverse’ town halls are ‘just not the right way’ article Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R) has said that the House will be debating an “Diversity Act” this year, but many Republicans are still concerned about whether that bill is a true threat to voter suppression.
A number of Republican members have come out against the bill, including Rep. Joe Barton Joe Anthony BartonTrump calls for a ‘new beginning’ on immigration legislation Rep. Ryan Zinke Zinke to take ‘full responsibility’ for immigration legislation in 2018, Ryan says Republicans can still get ‘some’ votes on the bill Republican lawmakers to oppose Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, GOP congressman says Ryan will continue his effort to secure border wall MORE (Texas), who has been one of the most vocal critics of the bill.
“I think it’s time for a new beginning,” Barton said.
In a statement released Tuesday, Barton said that “the majority of our members, especially the more conservative members of the House, have always had faith in the Speaker’s ability to lead this chamber.”
“We know from the past experience of Speaker Ryan that he will work to defend the right for all Americans to speak freely and without fear of reprisal, including in the halls of the Capitol,” Barton continued.
“This is a common thread that all Members share, but as Speaker Ryan himself has said, we need to be inclusive, not intolerant.”
The bill has gained traction in the conservative-dominated House, which is led by a relatively conservative Republican leadership that has sought to make the GOP a more inclusive party in the past few years.
But even among the most conservative members, the legislation has received bipartisan support.
For example, Rep. Louie Gohmert Louis (Louie) Buller GohnerBiden defends Trump’s immigration ban, calls for border wall in a statement Gohlinger: We’re not getting ahead of ourselves on border security, and the Trump administration is trying to do something that is un-American and unconstitutional.
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Rep. Bob Goodlatte Bob GoodlawGoodlatte: ‘We need to do everything in our power to make sure that undocumented immigrants do not commit a crime.’
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The White House has defended the legislation, saying that it would allow for “open and honest discussions” in public forums,