Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03)
WASHINGTON – Last week, the Problem Solvers Caucus officially endorsed two proposed changes to the rules of the U.S. House spearheaded by Congressman Van Taylor (TX-03) to make the House of Representatives a more effective and Member-driven legislative body.
Upon endorsement from the Problem Solvers Caucus, Congressman Van Taylor stated, “For decades, the ability of leaders in Washington to work together in a productive manner has diminished. Inspired by the success of state legislatures across the country, these two rule reform proposals will create a culture shift in Congress, empowering individual Members to advance consensus legislation forward while increasing cooperation between Members from both Chambers and across the aisle.”
“These changes to the House rules will help move broadly-supported, bipartisan legislation to the House floor for a debate and vote. It’s time to make getting things done easier, and to stand up to the same old obstructionism. To solve problems, we have to work together to actually govern and to deliver legislation that can get signed into law — from lowering heath care costs, to fixing our infrastructure, to helping our nation through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-5).
To increase collaboration between the House and Senate Chamber, Taylor’s ‘290 Consensus Calendar for Senate Bills’ rule would enable House members to formally support Senate measures with a cosponsorship tracked by the House Clerk and posted on Congress.gov. In doing so, this reform would enable Senate-passed measures to be expedited in the House by being placed on the House Consensus Calendar upon reaching 290 House cosponsors. The text of the ‘290 Consensus Calendar for Senate Bills’ rule can be found here.
Focused on empowering individual Members of Congress to advance their legislation, Congressman Taylor’s ‘Four-Fifths Committee, Two-Thirds Floor’ proposal would require Committee Chairs to schedule a markup within 40 legislative days of a measure in their jurisdiction achieving the cosponsorship of 4/5 of the members on their committee. Under this proposal, Committee Chairs of committees of non-primary referral could discharge such measure in lieu of a markup. Furthermore, upon favorable markup or discharge in all committees of referral, the bill would be expedited to the House floor within 60 days for consideration under suspension of the rules, requiring a 2/3 vote. The text of the ‘Four-Fifths Committee, Two-Thirds Floor’ rule can be found here.
A summary of both reform proposals can be found here.
Since the 1980’s, disfunction in Congress has steadily worsened. During the 100th Congress (1987-1988), nearly 8% of all bills and joint resolutions introduced in either chamber were ultimately signed into law. When compared to a success rate of just 1.4% during the 116th Congress (2019-2020), the increased disfunction is evident and demands action from Congress to correct course.
A 7th generation Texan, Congressman Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Taylor served Collin County both in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. Today, Taylor is proud to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services.