(CNSNews.com ) Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, told Fox News on Wednesday that she plans to vote for the words ‘so help you God’ to be added back in the House Committee oath.
The draft rules proposal to strike the words “so help you God” from the House Natural Resources Committee oath was obtained by Fox News. It also removes the words “his or her” and replaces it with “their.” Instead of the word “Chairman,” the draft calls for using the word “Chair.”
“You’re on the Natural Resources Committee as well, and there’s a call apparently to remove the phrase ‘so help you God.’ Here is the suggested language for those who are sworn in on that committee. ‘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,’ and then ‘so help you God is omitted. Why would that be?” Fox News’s Bill Hemmer asked.
“My understanding is is that there’s not a requirement that that language be in there. A Republican suggested it be added back in. The chair of the committee is going to add it back in. It is my full intent to vote to add it back in, and let us put this issue behind us and focus on the issues,” she said.
“I’m a Catholic girl, but I think people are trying to cause some trouble here to divert instead of focusing on what we’re going to do about health care and pre-existing conditions,” Dingell said.
Asked whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is out of step with the Democratic Party, Dingell said, “No, I don’t think she’s out of step with the party. She kept the caucus together … saying, ‘Let’s keep the government reopened, and then we’ll negotiate.’
“I don’t think that there’s anybody that wants to see a repeat of what we just saw. I trust the conferees on both sides, and I am optimistic that we are going to get a strong package coming out of this conference that is going to give us strong national security border package,” the congresswoman said.
“Will you get to a deal that the president can sign that can mean a wall, a barrier, whatever the phrase you want use, Congresswoman?” Hemmer asked.
“I believe very strongly we’re going to get a very strong border security package. It is going to contain-- does it have a fence or a wall for some part of where it might be appropriate? There are many places it’s not, but it’s also gonna have technology. It’s gonna fill those Customs and Border Patrol jobs that we need to have,” Dingell said.
“We need to keep our ports secure. I think that you got a group of people that are going to go in that room - our conferees - Republicans and Democrats who are appropriators who know how to work together and get something done,” she said.
“You specifically will vote for a --- fill in the blank,” Hemmer asked.
“I’ll vote for a strong border package. Let’s see what they come out with, but I suspect it’s going to be a strong mix of the kinds of things we need. There isn’t one answer. We need to have a mix of different solutions and different programs, and I think that’s what they’re going to do, and that’s what I’m going to vote for,” Dingell said.