The Republican transition team is beginning operational plans for the next Congress with a cooperative tone, invoking the Golden Rule when it comes to how it'll treat the new Democratic minority.
Former Rep. Jim Nussle (R-Iowa), who led the GOP transition to the majority in 1994, spoke to the House Transition Committee at a breakfast Tuesday morning.
He advised members to “sweat the small stuff [and] treat the other side the way you’d like to be treated,” according to lawmakers in attendance.
Transition team Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) expanded on Nussle's advice.
"Do unto others the way you'd want you to be treated. Treat others the way you want to be treated, and I think that's really important to restoring some confidence in this institution to make it the best deliberative body in the planet, is by allowing everybody to participate, regardless of your party, in a constructive way. [Democrats] came here with brains — they shouldn't be parked at the door just because they have a different party label," Walden said.
Presumptive Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (R-Ohio) popped into the breakfast but did not stay too long, according to Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who noted that BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE was giving the transition team the freedom to work its will without having the pressure of the party's House leader watching over.
Members of the 22-person panel then split into three working groups on House operations, rules and scheduling.
The team is focused on "making the House more accountable, efficient and open. I think we are going to put something together in the next few weeks that will fundamentally change the way we do business — in a way that both parties will like," transition team member Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said in an interview.
On Monday night, the team discussed a number of topics, including the reforms proposed in the Pledge to America, modernization of House structures and procedures, how to schedule the House floor and committees to maximize productivity and accountability to the people, internal House services, officers of the House and their various budgets and safety and security of the Capitol complex.
A handful of team members could not make it to the meeting.
Of the four incoming lawmakers selected to be on the transition team, only Rep.-elect Cory GardnerCory GardnerProtecting the outdoors: Three cheers for America's best idea Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Biden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program MORE (R-Colo.) could not make the trip to D.C. on such short notice. Members-elect Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyLobbying world House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit The year of the Republican woman MORE (R-Ala.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Lobbying world As Biden falters, a two-man race for the 2024 GOP nomination begins to take shape MORE (R-S.C.) were on hand for the meeting with incumbent GOP lawmakers.
Incumbent Reps. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Senate Democrats ding Biden energy proposal Capito grills EPA nominee on '#ResistCapitalism' tweet GOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization MORE (R-W.Va.), Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.) also could not make the meeting.
The other members of the group, which includes GOP Reps. Rob BishopRobert (Rob) William BishopGOP's Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Westerman tapped as top Republican on House Natural Resources Committee | McMorris Rodgers wins race for top GOP spot on Energy and Commerce | EPA joins conservative social network Parler MORE (Utah), John Campbell (Calif.), Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzCongress's latest hacking investigation should model its most recent Fox News Audio expands stable of podcasts by adding five new shows The myth of the conservative bestseller MORE (Utah), Rules Committee ranking member David Dreier (Calif.), Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteThe job of shielding journalists is not finished Bottom line No documents? Hoping for legalization? Be wary of Joe Biden MORE (Va.), Doc HastingsRichard (Doc) Norman HastingsCongress just resolved a 20-year debate over Neolithic remains Boehner hires new press secretary GOP plots new course on Endangered Species Act reform MORE (Wash.), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Buck McKeon (Calif.), Candice Miller (Mich.), Rogers, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) and Patrick Tiberi (Ohio), were in town for the two days of meetings.
They will reconvene as a group around 2 p.m. to review their discussions before heading home to observe Veterans Day.