Nadler denies Gaetz’s request to start committee meetings with Pledge of Allegiance

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A request by Rep. Matt Gaetz on Thursday to begin each House Judiciary Committee with the Pledge of Allegiance was shot down by Chairman Jerrold Nadler.

Nadler, in his rejection, pointed out that the House already recites the pledge at the beginning of each day in session.

“I just think it would be nice, if in the spirit of national unity, and national pride … that at the beginning of each meeting, the chair, or one of the designees of the chair, would have the opportunity to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance,” said Gaetz, who posted the exchange to Twitter.

Nadler said he appreciated Gaetz’s suggestion, but rebuffed it nonetheless.

“It’s unnecessary,” Nadler said. “There’s no necessity to say the Pledge of Allegiance twice during the same day.”

The House began reciting the pledge daily in 1988.

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