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Top Five New Rules of 112th Congress
Posted By David S. Addington On January 4, 2011 @ 9:06 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
Fulfilling their constitutional power to “determine the Rules of its Proceedings,”  this Wednesday, January 5, 2010, the newly assembled House of Representatives will adopt the Rules of the House for the 112th Congress. Speaker-designate John Boehner has proposed a series of changes to the House rules  designed to make the House more transparent and help eliminate unnecessary Federal spending. The Top Five New Rules include:
On November 3, 2010, immediately following the national elections, The Heritage Foundation issued “The Checklist”  of actions of overriding importance, representing the bare minimum required for Washington to fulfill its electoral mandate, meet its constitutional responsibilities, and get America started on the right track. Among other things, the Checklist called on Congress to get control of Government by reestablishing legislative accountability. In particular, the Foundation called for Congress to change its rules to make the text of legislation public at least three days before Congress considers the legislation. The above rules meet, for the House, that bare minimum requirement … and more.
Adoption, by the House, of these new rules proposed by the new conservative leadership is a good first step, but the test of success for the rules will be whether the House follows and enforces them. If the House avoids the temptation to waive the new restrictions from time to time for political convenience, the new rules will reflect a House more committed to conservative principles.
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 “determine the Rules of its Proceedings,”: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html
 series of changes to the House rules: http://rules-republicans.house.gov/Media/PDF/112-Hres5-CP_xml.pdf.
 “The Checklist”: http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2010/pdf/Solutions_1-5.pdf
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