Bipartisan Amendment Rule


H.Res. 45: How the House Works

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secondary topics: Government

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Introduced by Rep. Jim Gerlach [R-PA6]. Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to encourage bipartisan amendments.

Resolved, That rule XVI of the Rules of the House of Representatives is amended by adding at the end the following new clause:

‘9. It shall be [,] in order [,] to consider any amendment offered by at least two Members from the majority party and two Members from the minority party to any bill or resolution that does not violate any rule and that is submitted in a timely fashion to the Committee on Rules.’


[Editors’ Note: Sometimes the bravest act consists of attempting to make small adjustments to a system that is dysfunctional. There needs to be a paradigm shift, wherein at least half the time both sides try to work on behalf of all the people—not just their own side. Three cheers from centrists, fiscal conservatives, independents, and social liberals. In plain English, the committee leadership must consider bipartisan solutions, and not dismiss them just because it’s “good” to be in the majority.]

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