Roby Statement on H. Res. 489
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) released the following statement regarding H. Res. 489, which will be voted on by the House of Representatives today:
“As elected officials, we owe it to this country and our political discourse to combat unseemly speech consistently and fairly, but Democratic leadership in the House has demonstrated they are only willing to call out members of the opposing party by name while sparing their own from the finger-pointing. While I do not condone the President’s recent comments, I will vote against H. Res. 489 because I refuse to participate in this blatant political gamesmanship. Regardless of party affiliation, we must all treat one another with respect and civility in order to effectively do the important work of the American people.”
In January of this year, the House passed H. Res. 40, Condemning and censuring Representative Steve King of Iowa. The House took this action after Representative Steve King (R-IA) made comments condoning white nationalism. Representative Roby voted in favor of the measure.
In March of this year, the House passed H. Res. 183, Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States. The House took this action after Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made repeated antisemitic comments. Representative Roby voted in favor of the measure.
The title of H. Res. 489, Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress, violates the House of Representatives rules by engaging personalities toward the President of the United States.