Thursday, August 9, 2012

fix the House, too

The Senate has its filibuster problem. Reducing the number of and incentives for filibusters would make the Senate more responsive and responsible.

The House has always been a majoritarian institution, but a former House Parliamentarian -- during the first decade of GOP control -- argues that the rules have been too restrictive in recent decades under both parties. Charles Johnson says that the Rules Committee has enforced the leadership's agenda and prevented bipartisan or even dissident amendments to be offered. He thinks the House would be less partisan if the rules were less restrictive. I agree.

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