PHOTO: The First of Many 'Executive Sessions' | Speaker.gov

Yesterday, as Speaker Ryan promised, the Appropriations Committee held the first of several "executive sessions," where all members of the House were afforded the opportunity to learn more about six appropriations bills yet to be completed on the House Floor. The sessions—four of which have already been held in the last two days—are part of Speaker Ryan's commitment from day one to change the way the House does business, beginning with opening up the bill-writing process and giving members more chances to participate.

In other words, the House is returning to regular order, and these executive sessions are just the beginning.