JONES CALLS FOR REINSTATEMENT OF HOUSE CHAPLAIN

May 2, 2018 Issues: Values

WASHINGTON, DC – Over the past week, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) has expressed disapproval over the removal of the 60th Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, Reverend Patrick J. Conroy. On April 27, Congressman Jones and House colleagues sent a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan requesting information on the forced resignation of Father Conroy.

Today, Congressman Jones is taking a step further and asking Speaker Ryan to reconsider and allow Father Conroy to complete his full two-year term as chaplain. In his letter to Speaker Ryan, Jones wrote:

“Mr. Speaker, you have an opportunity to revisit this matter, and I respectfully urge you to take it.  You can utilize the temporary authority granted by the Legislative Reorganization Act to re-elect Father Conroy to serve the remaining eight months of his term.  You could also move a privileged resolution to the floor and allow the House to vote to do the same.  Either way, it should be done.”

The full letter to Speaker Ryan is attached.

Background:
“…Under the Rules and Manual of the House (p. 365 of House Document 114-192), resignation of a chaplain is subject to acceptance by the House.  Father Conroy’s forced resignation letter was read by the House Reading Clerk after last votes on Monday night, April 16, 2018.  Few members were in the chamber… After Father Conroy’s short, six-sentence letter was read, the Speaker Pro Tempore took less than three seconds to utter six words – “without objection, the resignation is accepted” – and immediately gaveled the matter to a close.”

For additional information, please contact Allison Tucker in Congressman Walter Jones’ office at Allison.tucker@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-3415.

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