U.S. Rep. John Fleming’s courage slows down Puerto Rico bailout

April 14, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising U.S. Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) for refusing to let the Puerto Rico bailout advance from the House Resources Committee without objection:

“House Republican leaders’ stunning decision to quell all committee dissent to their Puerto Rico financial bailout legislation runs directly counter to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s promise to return to regular order, which includes committees holding hearings, vetting and amending legislation before sending it to the floor.

“In a bizarre turn, members of the House Natural Resources Committee were read the Puerto Rico bailout bill and according to Rep. John Fleming were then instructed to allow it to pass committee by a voice vote with no amendments and no dissent. Fleming was told to walk away from the vote if he had any objections, an account verified by two other offices.

“Rep. John Fleming has once again demonstrated extraordinary courage in standing up against legislative railroading designed to silence anyone who might have concerns about President Obama’s Puerto Rico bailout plan. Fleming’s shining a light on House leaders’ attempt to turn Congress’ Article I responsibilities under the U.S. Constitution into an executive branch rubber stamp was important as the legislation’s consideration has now been delayed.

“The people of Louisiana should be proud that they elected Fleming, a man who has not forgotten that he represents them — and not the GOP establishment.”

Attachments:

Fleming: Desperation Setting in for Puerto Rico Bailout, April 13, 2016 at http://fleming.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394878

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