Dec 3, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) is introducing H. Res. 736, the “Stand for Something Resolution,” which eliminates the option to vote “present” and forces members of the U.S. House of Representatives to take a “yes” or “no” stance on legislation.

Members of Congress have used the “present” voting option to avoid taking a stand on consequential pieces of legislation. Some recent examples include:

Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

“Members of Congress weren’t sent to DC to sit on the sidelines and vote ‘present.’ With a vote on articles of impeachment potentially forthcoming, voting ‘present’ shouldn’t be an option.

“We were not elected to be silent. The American people deserve to know where every member of Congress stands. We should have the courage of our convictions to either vote for or against every piece of legislation. To vote ‘present’ reflects fear.”

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