(RepublicanDaily.org) – Currently, many bills go to the House floor before consideration by committees. This means representatives often do not get the chance to discuss provisions or propose amendments before votes are cast. However, this situation could be set to change.
On Monday, March 29, the House Problem Solvers Caucus sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) requesting rule changes in the chamber. The group (which comprises 29 Democrats and 29 Republicans) appealed for a “return to regular order.”
Congress must work together to deliver bipartisan WINS for the country. That’s why I joined my @ProbSolveCaucus colleagues to urge a return to regular order so we can have open debate & EVERY Member has a say in the process – resulting in better, more bipartisan legislation #MI06 pic.twitter.com/nxDcxuFA1F
— Fred Upton #WearYourMask (@RepFredUpton) March 29, 2021
Regular order is a more open form of congressional debate in which members can propose amendments to bills while they’re on the House floor or in committees. This, the letter’s authors hope, will pave the way for “meaningful, bipartisan legislation.”
The restrictions the Problem Solvers Caucus is aiming to have removed were largely introduced in the 1980s and 1990s to prevent members from delaying legislation unnecessarily. However, with these roadblocks gone, the chamber now has that exact problem. Will this signal the beginning of lengthier, more productive debates in the House?
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