Republican representative of Montana Matt Rosendale had a message for his colleagues about working together, as Republican infighting further delays the election of a House Speaker.
In his address to the House of Representatives Thursday afternoon, Rosendale criticized the inefficiency of the system which prospective legislation is subjected to, which he said discourages debate.
"The debate and the discussion has been all but eliminated and the balance of us are left to vote yes or no," Rosendale explained. "Those are our options. And that is what has led to the disintegration of the relationships that we see across the floor. That is not equal representation which is guaranteed by our constitution and expected by our constituents.
He added: "We have had more discussion and debate over the last three days than I have participated in on this floor for the past two years."
As of posting, Republican Kevin McCarthy has lost eight rounds of House Speaker votes. Democrat Hakeem Jeffries has gained momentum since, but after three days of debate, the House still remains without a leader.
But Rosendale went beyond criticizing the current proceedings, calling for more discussion and transparency around the passage of legislation.
"Everyone is sitting in this chamber equally," he said, adding, "That is so everyone will have equal representation. Equal representation for the districts that elected them. These are not radical deviations from the norm. These are a restoration of the rules so that this place can function properly."
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