Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses House Rules Reforms Proposed by Rep. Van Taylor
Taylor Proposals Focus on Improving Effectiveness of Congress
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.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.
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.