DNC: The majority of votes taken by House Democrats in the past four legislative weeks have been nonbinding, according to a study conducted by Roll Call. About one in five votes have been nonbinding, meaning that these House resolutions don’t pass new laws, but instead serve as large scale messaging.
House Democrats have passed nonbinding resolutions on issues such as calling for the full Mueller report, opposing President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender troops in the military, opposing Trump’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act, and condemning all forms of hate after repeated anti-Semitic statements from one of their own members, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.).
Democratic leadership has acknowledged that passing these measures is more intended to send signals of Democratic beliefs to the American people than it is to advance legislation into law.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) said that the nonbinding resolutions are for “telling the American people what we believe and what we think ought to be done.”
Other House Democrats echoed his words. MORE