Republicans are taking over the House, and they’re bringing a list of new rules with them. Some key changes, set for adoption Jan. 5, from Politico:
- Raising the US debt ceiling will now require a direct vote, something House members had, in the past, been able to avoid.
- Committees must put attendance records online.
- Lawmakers who have become lobbyists won’t be allowed to use the House gym—and try to bend ears while working out.
- Chairmen must distribute a bill’s text 24 hours before it’s considered; the text of amendments and vote results must be posted online; and markups will require three days’ notice.
- ”CUT/GO” rules will require that boosts in mandatory spending—automatic Social Security and Medicare funding, for example—are accompanied by cuts elsewhere.
- House committee chairmen will be limited to three two-year terms.