ICYMI: Should the House of Representatives Follow Its Own Rules?

The Congressional Institute’s Mark Strand and Tim Lang write:

“Although the House of Representatives adopts rules on the first day of each new Congress, the Chamber frequently votes to waive the rules. This effectively circumvents “regular order”—the textbook description of the legislative process—and, in some cases, it perpetuates legislative dysfunction. Because of this, and because Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have criticized waivers, the House should consider ways to limit their use. To limit waivers, the House could consider two ways to reform: simply returning to regular order or requiring a supermajority to waive rules….”

Read more at http://conginst.org/2016/10/26/house-rules-waivers/

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Topics: Legislative Procedure
Tags: Mark Strand Tim Lang