Pelosi Calls Herself a Wife, Mother on House Floor After Banning Gendered Family Terms in House Rules

Pelosi Calls Herself a Wife, Mother on House Floor After Banning Gendered Family Terms in House Rules


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has proposed banning the use of gendered language in the House, couldn’t help but fall back on some of that language during Wednesday’s impeachment proceedings.

Prior to digging into what happened Wednesday, let’s go through the background of how Pelosi again found herself the butt of the joke. The Democrat-run House introduced new rules specifically designed to replace language regarding gender when used in reference to the family members of lawmakers.

Pelosi on Jan. 1 issued a news release that said, in part, “Congress will address issues of inequities on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or national origin; honor all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender neutral.”

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On Page 5 of the edicts for the new 117th Congress, a section on “gender-inclusive language” offers that “seamen” should

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