Sunshine and Open RulesPosted by on January 07, 2011
Voters never wanted to see bills written behind closed doors, spending run out of control, or uncertainty in how much the federal government would tax them in the future. Having heard these voters, the new House Republican majority passed a package of rules on their first day that cleaned up how business would be conducted in the House. As the framers of our Constitution intended, Members will once again have the opportunity to offer amendments to bills both in their committees as well as before the full House and fully partake in the legislative process. Any increase in mandatory spending, such as entitlement programs, will have to be accompanied by an equal cut in spending elsewhere. Members now have the responsibility of citing Constitutional authority when introducing legislation.