UPDATE at 1/31 8:16 a.m.: House lawmakers vote late Wednesday to keep “so help you God” in witness oath following backlash.
House Democrats are in the process of introducing new rules in the lower chamber which would ultimately remove the God reference during the oath witnesses take prior to testifying before lawmakers.
The new proposal was obtained by Fox News, and reportedly changes the oath to read as follows:
“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?”
Gender specific pronouns have also been avoided, which have been changed to the pronoun “their” instead.
The House Committee on Natural Resources proposed the draft and the changes are expected to be accepted sometime later this week.
If the changes are approved, they are set to take effect immediately.