House Republicans pitch internal rules changes

Greg Nash

{mosads}Three House Republicans representing different factions of the GOP conference are proposing internal rules changes to “restore the health of our conference and the functionality of our institution.”

Reps. Luke Messer (Ind.), Rodney Davis (Ill.) and Morgan Griffith (Va.) sent a “Dear Colleague” letter Wednesday outlining a trio of proposed rules changes for the 246-member House Republican Conference. Messer, the GOP Policy Committee chairman, is a member of leadership; Davis is a member of the centrist Tuesday Group; and Griffith is a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus.

The letter was shared with The Hill.

They call for:

  • Creating a new threshold to move bills. Bills that have the support of more than 50 percent of the conference would automatically receive a hearing and vote in committee. “Our conference should reward good ideas and hard work,” the lawmakers said. 

  • Creating a way to resolve internal issues in a timely manner. Resolutions that have signatures from at least 25 percent of the entire GOP conference would be scheduled for debate and a recorded vote within five legislative days or before the issue heads to the floor.

  • Giving Republicans a new process to offer germane amendments to bills before they receive a floor vote. Amendments would be accepted if they have at least 11 GOP sponsors or co-sponsors, including one backer who serves on the committee of jurisdiction. Members would be limited to three amendments under this process.

“These simple modifications to House Republican Conference Rules will empower our members, improve the health of our Conference, and, most importantly, help us deliver for the American people,” the lawmakers wrote.

Dear Colleague on Rules Changes

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