Guam – Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr. has introduced a resolution to state the 31st Guam Legislature’s objection to amendment to the House Rules of the 112th United States Congress to revoke voting privileges from territorial and district delegates The resolution is co-sponsored by [Senator v.c. Pangelinan, Senator R.J. Respicio and Senator T.C. Ada].
The 103rd United States Congress approved a rule to allow the four Delegates and One District Commissioner to vote in the Committee of the Whole as a ceremonial gesture and were allowed to vote until the 107th Congress. The rule was then restored in the 111th Congress. Last week, members of the 112th United States Congress voted to revoke voting privileges from delegates of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to vote in the Committee of the Whole. The amendment of the House Rules by the 112th United States Congress will impede the democratic process by restricting the representation of the approximately 5 million U.S. citizens residing in Guam and the other territories and districts.
The Resolution introduced by Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr. urges the United States Congress to demonstrate a strong commitment to the U.S. citizens residing in Guam and the other territories and districts, recognizing that the voices of ALL U.S. citizens are important and must be recognized and represented in the United States House of Representatives. It also urges the United States Congress to take immediate action to restore voting privileges to Territorial and District Delegates so as to ensure a fair democratic system for all U.S. citizens.