Image via WikipediaThe new speaker of the House, John Boehner (R), plans to change the rules in the House of Representatives in ways that Tea Partiers will like. One such change is a reading of the US Constitution:
For those members of Congress who need a refresher course on the Constitution, Speaker-designate John Boehner has reserved the right to have it read aloud on the floor the day after he’s sworn in on Jan. 6.There's are numerous rule changes that will help reign in spending. Of course, rules can be waived, so the most that we can say right now is that the House has created a framework to promote fiscally conservative legislation:
The rules package, as outlined by aides, incorporates much of what Republicans laid out in the Pledge to America, including new procedural hurdles for deficit spending.One rule that I find particularly interesting is about posting video of hearings online. Back to The Wall Street Journal article:
One of the biggest of those hurdles is a rule that the House will no longer recognize tax increases as a way of offsetting new spending in entitlement programs, like Medicare and Social Security. The president’s health-care bill would have been almost impossible to pass if Democrats had been forced to meet that standard.
–All bills and amendments must be posted online. Other disclosure rules including posting lawmakers’ attendance records and video of hearings online.I hope that Boehner and his colleagues in the Senate move to make the entire C-SPAN archive downloadable.