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Lipinski Joins Problem Solvers Caucus in Proposing Changes to House Rules to "Break the Gridlock"

Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) joined with members of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol to propose a set of changes to the House Rules designed to break the gridlock and make Congress work for the American people. 

“Our Constitution empowered the American people by empowering Congress and their representatives.  But congressional rules are now rigged in a way that greatly diminishes our ability to represent our constituents,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “This has resulted in a Congress that doesn’t work and is frozen in partisan gridlock, allowing the president and the courts to grab the power that is supposed to be held by the American people.  By instituting these proposed reforms, we will begin to restore this power, break partisan gridlock, and facilitate congressional problem solving that will help us build a better America for future generations.” 

In proposing these rules changes, the Caucus aims to encourage and reward consensus driven governing, foster passage of member initiatives solving constituent priorities, and increase accountability and transparency.  The reform package includes proposals to give fast-track priority consideration to bipartisan legislation and guarantees markups on bipartisan legislation from every Member of Congress.  To encourage consensus driven governing, the package would also replace the current “Motion to Vacate the Chair.”  

For nearly two years the members of the Problem Solvers Caucus have worked to find bipartisan agreement on the toughest issues facing Congress.  The Caucus offered a healthcare compromise to help stabilize the individual marketplace, an agreement on our nation’s DREAMERs and border security, support for gun and school safety legislation, and recommendations for a bipartisan infrastructure package.  However, these policy solutions have faced large obstacles because House rules present significant hurdles to bipartisan policymaking. 

The Problem Solvers Caucus plans to work with other House Caucuses in the coming weeks to collaborate and help build consensus around House rules changes ahead of the next Congress.