An LGBTQ Rights Proposal Torpedoed A House Spending Bill
House Republicans voted against their own spending bill after an anti-LGBTQ-discrimination clause was attached to it.By Matt Picht | May 26, 2016
House Speaker Paul Ryan just wants to get the House running properly again. Trouble is, his plans keep getting bogged down in political skirmishes.
House Resolution 5055 started life as a funding bill for water and energy agencies. But after Democratic Rep. Sean Maloney successfully attached an anti-LGBTQ-discrimination amendment, the bill became a flashpoint for the chamber's battle over LGBTQ rights.
In recent years, funding measures like these would be worked out among senior members of Congress and then smushed into a massive omnibus bill at the end of the year. But Ryan wants to restore what's known as "regular order" to the process, letting individual members debate and amend spending provisions.