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Proposed Changes to House GOP Rules Released

The House Republican transition team proposed a series of organizational changes to the GOP’s internal rules in a letter to Members on Wednesday.

The bulk of the changes pertain to the types of bills that Republicans will allow to be brought up for a suspension vote in the 112th Congress, according to a summary of the changes obtained by Roll Call.

The transition team recommended barring consideration of suspension bills that create new government programs “unless [the measure] eliminates or reduces a program of equal or greater size.” It also recommended barring suspension bills that would authorize increased spending without full offsets, as well as “commemorative” suspensions, such as resolutions that praise sports teams.

The proposal also adds a requirement that the Conference chairman post Republican organizational documents online, such as the Conference rules and the resolution establishing the Steering Committee’s structure.

Transition Chairman Greg Walden wrote in a memo that the proposed changes to GOP Conference rules mark the completion of the first stage of its review of procedures for the 112th Congress. The Oregon Republican also hopes to have a proposal on changes to House rules before the chamber breaks for the Christmas holiday. 

The memo said any additional amendments to the rules must be delivered to the House Republican Rules Committee room in the Longworth House Office Building no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The House Republican Conference is expected to vote on the internal reforms Dec. 8.

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