An unholy row over the House Chaplain: Republicans refuse to probe Paul Ryan's decision to sack the cleric despite uproar at Capitol Hill

Mail Online | 4/28/2018 | Germania Rodriguez For Dailymail.com
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Republicans in congress have rejected a Democrat's proposal to investigate the reasons behind Speaker Paul Ryan's firing of the House of Representatives' Chaplain last week.

Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Joe Crowley introduced the resolution to create a special committee to look into Ryan's 'motivations and actions' when he suddenly asked House Chaplain Patrick Conroy to resign.

Reps - Patrick - Meehan - Pennsylvania - Tom

Reps. Patrick Meehan of Pennsylvania and Tom Reed of New York were the only Republicans to vote for the resolution on Friday.

At least 148 lawmakers have sent letter to Ryan asking for more information on Conroy's firing, according to NBC News.

Ryan - Republicans - House - Chaplain - Complaints

Ryan has told fellow Republicans that he fired the House Chaplain after complaints from members that he wasn't doing a very good job - not because of pressure over the Catholic priest's political leanings, as it's been reported.

Democrats - and Conroy himself - have cited a prayer he offered last Fall that called for fairness as the House debated tax cuts as a reason for GOP discontent with his performance.

Ryan - Spokeswoman - AshLee - Strong - Thursday

Ryan's spokeswoman AshLee Strong said on Thursday: 'The speaker consulted with the minority leader, but the decision [to leave] was [Conroy's]. He remains grateful for Father Conroy's service.'

But minority leader Nancy Pelosi told NBC she has never received a complaint about Conroy and that Ryan 'did a very bad thing' by forcing the priest out.

Conroy - Firing - Ouster - Kind - History

Conroy's firing is the first ouster of its kind in the history of the House.

Democrats and, particularly, Catholic lawmakers have been angered by the move that they see as politically motivated.

Rep - Sean - Maloney - New - York

Rep. Sean Maloney from New York tweeted on Wednesday: 'Yeah we're angry. This is a shameful anti-Catholic move motivated by conservative extremists in Congress.'

Conroy is a Roman Catholic priest from the Jesuit order. He was the second Catholic chaplain in the House's history and...
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