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The American People Win with Rule Changes

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Washington, D.C., January 11, 2019 | comments

Dear Neighbor,

For the first time in two decades, the Rules package received bipartisan support.

Since June 2018, The Problem Solvers Caucus has advocated for changes to the House Rules that will enable Members to truly govern and deliver important results.

We were happy to support the Rules package along with our Republican colleagues, Reps. John Katko (NY-24) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08).

The Problem Solvers Caucus rule changes represent a hopeful and substantial breakthrough to empower the people we represent, enable rank-and-file Members to truly govern and make it easier for bipartisan bills to pass.

The Rules Package includes the following “Break the Gridlock” Proposals:

  • Reform the Motion to Vacate the Chair - In order to prevent the Speaker from being held hostage by a single Member, this package reforms the motion to vacate the chair to a more thoughtful process.
  • Create a Consensus Calendar - Creates a new procedure to expedite consideration of measure with broad support. Once a bill receives 290 cosponsors, a clock begins for consideration of the bill.
  • Strengthen the Three-Day Rule for Committee Markups - Require committees to provide three business days’ notice for committee markups.
  • Modernize the Discharge Petition - Allow discharge petitions to be considered under a three-day notice process similar to privileged resolutions in order to facilitate their use and effectiveness, while still requiring 218 signatures.  
  • Return to Regular Order - Require bills that go through the Rules Committee to have a hearing and a markup before they go to the floor.

This vote wasn’t about partisan politics but rather doing what is right for the American people.

As always, if we can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office.

Until next time,

Tom

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