“The Open Rule Is Back”: Making It Easier to Cut Spending, Create Jobs
To help create a better environment for private-sector job growth, Republicans pledged to reform Congress and allow the House to work its will through “an open process that makes it easier – not harder – to eliminate unnecessary spending.” Today the House will take another step in keeping the pledge when it considers a major spending bill under an “open rule” amendment process. Speaker Boehner explains in this brief video:
On the Opening Day of the 112th Congress, Speaker Boehner said, “As the chamber closest to the people, the House works best when it is allowed to work its will.” Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-CA) says this open process will help the House “closely examine every aspect of spending bills” and “open up the federal books to real scrutiny.”
Not a single spending bill was considered under an “open rule” in the Democrat-run 111th Congress. Now “the open rule is back,” says Dreier.