Democrats on Natural Resources Committee Want to Delete ‘So Help You God’ From Witness Oath

Emily Ward | January 30, 2019 | 3:52pm EST
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House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Getty Images)

( -- Democrats on the Committee on Natural Resources of the U.S. House of Representatives have proposed a cut to the oath taken by witnesses who testify before the committee.

Democrats would remove the phrase, “so help you God.”

Currently, witnesses who appear before the House Committee on Natural Resources are administered the following oath before testifying:

“Do you solemnly swear or affirm, under penalty of law, that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?”


In the draft of the proposed new rules for the committee, however, the last four words, “so help you God,” are bracketed in red, indicating that the committee has proposed to delete them.

According to Fox News, who first obtained the draft, “the full committee is set to vote on the new language this week, and the rules would take effect immediately if adopted.”

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) was not pleased with the potential change in language, and compared the Democratic Party to “the party of Karl Marx.”

“It is incredible, but not surprising, that the Democrats would try to remove God from committee proceedings in one of their first acts in the majority,” Cheney told Fox News. “They really have become the party of Karl Marx.”

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources. (Getty Images)

Democrats gained a majority in the House of Representatives after the November 2018 election. Currently, there are 235 Democrats in the House and 199 Republicans.

The House Committee on Natural Resources, which is chaired by Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), oversees federal programs and legislation concerning conservation, endangered species protection, energy and mineral resources, oceans, national parks and public lands.

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