(KERRY PICKET, DailyCaller.com)WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dared House Speaker Paul Ryan to follow through on his punishment threats for the Democrats’ sit in last week.
Ryan told reporters Thursday that he is considering “all options and consequences” to punish Democrats for the sit-in their party engaged in over gun control.
“Looking back, I didn’t think that was appropriate. One of the things that concern me with this move is the precedence it sets. We are the oldest democracy in the world. We operate on a constitution and a legislative brand of government where were supposed to debate our rules and our laws civilly with rules and laws and if we break those rules how can we have civilized democracy,” Ryan told reporters Thursday.
The 114 Congress Rules state: “[Each House may] punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member. Among the punishments that the House may impose under this provision, the rules of the Committee on Ethics outline the following: (1) expulsion from the House; (2) censure; (3) reprimand; (4) fine; (5) denial or limitation of any right, power, privilege, or immunity of the Member if not in violation of the Constitution; or (6) any other sanction determined by the Committee to be appropriate (rule 24, Committee on Ethics, 114th Cong.). Under rule 10 of the rules of that committee, a statement of alleged violation must be proven by clear and convincing evidence.”
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