Cicilline spoke out in opposition to rebellion supporters throughout a chaotic debate that lasted practically an hour Wednesday, starting with Gaetz’s proposal of an modification that may require conferences to start out with a recitation of the pledge.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), the highest-ranking Democrat on the panel, opposed the Gaetz modification and remarked that members “pledge allegiance day-after-day on the ground.”
“I don’t know why we should always pledge allegiance twice in the identical day to point out how patriotic we’re,” Nadler mentioned.
Nadler later sidestepped accusations from Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) over how usually he attended the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance on the Home ground.
Cicilline later discovered a strategy to sneak pictures at Gaetz and a number of other different Republican committee members who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election with “an modification to the modification,” which mentioned that the pledge “shall not be led by a person who supported an rebellion in opposition to the federal government of the U.S. in any method.”
“If we undertake this modification, then we will likely be truthful in representing that stating this pledge is an affirmation of your protection of democracy and the Structure,” Cicilline mentioned.
Cicilline then confronted Gaetz, wanting to ensure he’d assist his pledge proposal so somebody doesn’t make a “mockery” of the pledge.
The committee finally permitted Gaetz’s modification.