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Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo

Representing the People of Guam

Bordallo Seeks Congressional Voting Rights for Next Guam Delegate

September 13, 2018
Press Release
Proposes Amending House Rules to Ensure Additional Privileges for the Delegates and Resident Commissioner during the 116th Congress

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam) testified before the House Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House proposing amendments to the standing rules of the U.S House of Representatives to provide additional privileges for the Delegates and Residents Commissioner during the coming 116th Congress (2019-2020).

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Congresswoman Bordallo’s proposed bipartisan rules changes are supported by the other Delegates from American Samoa, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico. The Congresswoman’s proposed rules changes for the coming 116th Congress would:

  • Restore privileges previously afforded to the Delegates and Resident Commissioner in prior Congresses, such as casting votes on legislation and amendments on the U.S. House Floor in the Committee of the Whole.
  • Extend new privileges to the Delegates and Resident Commissioner for the first time, such as the ability to vote to elect the Speaker of the House.
  • Clarify existing privileges of the Delegates and Resident Commissioner currently in practice, such as the authority to serve on joint committees with other Members of Congress from the House and U.S. Senate.

In September 2016, Congresswoman Bordallo testified before the House Committee on Rules on restoring Delegate voting in the Committee of the Whole. The Congresswoman strongly supported previous House Resolutions during the 110th, 112th, 113th, and 114th, and 115th Congresses to restore voting rights to the Delegates and Resident Commissioner in the Committee of the Whole.

“These proposed rules changes would empower the Delegates and, by extension, the more than 4.5 million disenfranchised Americans we represent and who call the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia home. Voting on the floor of the House and extending other responsibilities granted to the Representatives of the 50 states would make us more accountable to our constituents on important issues before the House,” said Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo.

“If we are truly the People’s House, then the rules governing this body should reflect that sentiment. My tenure in Congress will end this year, but regardless of who holds this position, I hope that these proposed rules changes will ensure greater parity for my successor and my Delegate colleagues with our House peers,” continued Congresswoman Bordallo.