There's a lot of conversation today regarding the United States Congress, the Senate and House of Representatives. The continuous activities of supposed leadership remain alarming to citizens. Many individuals speak to the idea of cleaning house, starting over, removing public servants who are failing to serve the public and rather serve big business, funding sources and special interests while discarding responsibilities to the people of our Great nation.
For many citizens, the ongoing onslaught of stress inductive maneuvering has culminated in alignment with reformist idealization. Basically, the United States Congress is continuously letting Americans down and not only letting them down, but also bringing them down. When the United States Congress speaks to failure instead of success and the citizens have to defend America as a performance nation while watching leaders fail time and again to represent the nation in a proactive manner - it is like having a family member who doesn't get it when they show up to an event poorly executing their role leaving a distaste to guests.
Is there a remedy?
Expulsion is a remedy. Article 1, Section 5, "Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member."
Now, while in a bastardized Congress, where anything for the people, of the people, by the people seems to fall to the wayside - citizens can request expulsion of the President of the United States and Ethics Committees.
Will expulsion requests help?
They may help. If enough citizens write to President Obama and the Ethics Committees and seek expulsion(s) of failing Congressional leadership, it is possible someone may listen.
Process leading to expulsion (Courtesy of Wikipedia):
Presently, the disciplinary process begins when a resolution to expel or censure a Member is referred to the appropriate committee. In the House, this is the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (House Ethics Committee); in the Senate, this is the Select Committee on Ethics (Senate Ethics Committee).
The committee may then ask other Representatives or Senators to come forward with complaints about the Member under consideration or may initiate an investigation into the Member's actions. Sometimes Members may refer a resolution calling for an investigation into a particular Member or matter that may lead to the recommendation of expulsion or censure.
Rule XI (Procedures of committees and unfinished business) of the Rules of the House of Representatives state that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct can investigate allegations that a Member violated "any law, rule, regulation, or other standard of conduct applicable to the conduct of such Member... in the performance of his duties or the discharge of his responsibilities." The Senate Select Committee on Ethics has the same jurisdiction. The committee may then report back to their whole chamber as to its findings and recommendations for further actions.
When an investigation is launched by either committee, an investigatory subcommittee will be formed. Once the investigatory subcommittee has collected evidence, talked to witnesses, and held an adjudicatory hearing it will vote on whether the Member is found to have committed the specific actions and then will vote on recommendations. If expulsion is the recommendation then the subcommittee's report will be referred to the full House of Representatives or Senate where Members may vote to accept, reject, or alter the report's recommendation. Voting to expel requires the concurrence of two-thirds of the members present and voting.
House Ethics Committee is comprised of:
- K. Michael Conaway, Texas - Chairman
- Charles W. Dent, Pennsylvania
- Patrick Meehan, Pennsylvania
- Trey Gowdy, South Carolina
- Susan W. Brooks, Indiana
- Linda T. Sánchez, California - Ranking Member
- Pedro R. Pierluisi, Puerto Rico
- Michael E. Capuano, Massachusetts
- Yvette D. Clarke, New York
- Ted Deutch, Florida
House Ethics Committee
1015 Longworth House Office Building (LHOB)
Washington, DC 20515
Fax: 202-225-7392 (letters can be faxed to the Committee)
Senate Ethics Committee is comprised of:
- Barbara Boxer
- Johnny Isakson
- Mark L. Pryor
- Pat Roberts
- Sherrod Brown
- James E. Risch
Senate Ethics Committee
220 Hart Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Telephone: (202) 224-2981
Fax: (202) 224-7416 (letters can be faxed to the Committee)
United States Presidency is comprised of:
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Also you may email the President: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
Will this change things on the Hill?
Expulsion is a long process, having your voice heard isn't. To write and seek expulsion sends a message United States Congress may need to hear. And, sending a message in a democratic and responsible manner, supports our freedoms and is better than sharing discontent without sharing sentiments with the people who need to hear them. In other words, preaching to the choir doesn't help, writing to request expulsions may be what the doctor ordered.
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