(ReliableNews.org) – Ordinarily, bills introduced to Congress go through a committee process. A small group of lawmakers discuss the legislation, add amendments and alter its text. Only after a committee approves the bill is it supposed to go to the full House. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) changed the rules to allow bills to go to the floor without going through “regular order.” Now, a group of lawmakers want to change that.
On Monday, March 29, a group of 50 bipartisan lawmakers (evenly split) called the House Problem Solvers Caucus sent a letter to Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) asking for the House to “return to regular order.” The lawmakers believe the only way to achieve bipartisanship is to give everyone a voice. That means the bills need to go through the committee process.
Glad to join colleagues on @ProbSolveCaucus urging Speaker Pelosi & other members of congressional leadership to return to regular order to make progress on the critical issues facing our country. This partisan gridlock is counterproductive. The American people deserve results. pic.twitter.com/jmyiZRacwa
— Rep. Peter Meijer (@RepMeijer) March 29, 2021
Fast-tracking legislation effectively allows Democrats to push bills through without any input from the Republican Party, effectively creating a one-party rule system. That’s not how Congress is supposed to run.
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