BACON, PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS URGE LEADERSHIP TO RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER
ALLOW FOR OPEN DEBATE, COMMITTEE HEARINGS, & AMENDMENTS TO LEGISLATION, KEY TO BIPARTISAN LEGISLATING ON CRITICAL ISSUES
Washington, March 29, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) joined his Problem Solvers Caucus colleagues by urging Congressional leadership to return to regular order in the House, allowing for open debate on the House floor, committee hearings, and amendments. In a letter officially endorsed by the 58-Member bipartisan Caucus, including 29 Democrats and 29 Republicans, the group called for adhering to a deliberative and open process that will produce legislation through committee hearings, markups, and floor amendments.
Given the narrowly divided U.S. House and Senate, a more open, deliberative process is key to getting more legislation from Congress to the President’s desk.
In recent weeks, many bills have been fast-tracked to the House floor, bypassing committees; this, coupled with many closed rules, has constrained Members’ ability to offer amendments and provide valuable input on legislation.
The Problem Solvers Caucus cited narrow majorities in the House and Senate and the importance for bills to gain bipartisan support to pass both houses and ultimately be signed into law by the President. They indicate how the recent rushed process in the House, with a lack of transparency and Member input, greatly limits the potential for success for House-passed legislation to be passed by the Senate.
The Members closed by saying, “The opportunities are endless if we adhere to a process that reflects the best for all Americans — promoting Member input, encouraging collaboration, and championing cooperation.”
The full text of the letter can be found here.