New House Rules Contain Major Reforms

Rules package was approved Monday night. 

The House of Representatives has approved a rules package that is intended to control government spending, reduce bureaucracy, and challenge leadership.

The rules include the allowance of a single House member being able to “vacate the chair,” which could force the removal of the Speaker. The rule had been used prior to Representative Pelosi’s speakership.

As part of the effort to control spending and taxing, increasing the debt limit will require a separate vote instead of including it within another resolution.

New rules allow the establishment of a select committee on the weaponization of the federal government, to investigate the politicization of the FBI, IRS, and other government agencies. Other committees already constituted, such as the House Oversight and Reform Committee, will establish a subcommittee to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The so-called “Holman Rule” was also reinstated which is designed to limit or reduce the federal bureaucracy, including certain programs. 

Under the new rules, House members will now have 72 hours to review legislation before voting on it, eliminating the “same-day authority” that forced a vote on bills that have not been reviewed. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Speaker McCarthy and members of the House as they implement the new rules in the lower chamber.
  • For members of the Senate as they deliberate and vote on legislation.
  • For wisdom for members of Congress as they seek to balance spending and manage the national debt.

Sources: Daily Signal, The Hill 


Back to top