Promises about Congressional Rules on GOP Pledge-O-Meter
Will "make Congress do more with less by significantly reducing its budget."
Will "ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives."
Will "require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified."
Will "end the practice of packaging unpopular bills with 'must-pass' legislation to circumvent the will of the American people." Instead, "will advance major legislation one issue at a time."
Troop funding bills "will not be held up by unrelated policy changes, or extraneous domestic spending and pork-barrel projects."
"If elected as your Majority Leader, I will act to bring each Pledge proposal before the House for a vote, including votes early in the year on keeping tax rates low, reducing spending, repealing Obamacare, and permanently prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion."
"Work with House committees and schedule at least one YouCut proposal each and every week. And the YouCut program will not be limited to just discretionary spending, but will also find ways to produce savings from mandatory spending."
"Work with every member of the Republican Conference to identify a spending cut that they can champion as part of the YouCut program."
Refuse to "consider House legislation that includes earmarks."
Will "develop and articulate clear standards for the type of legislation that will be brought to the floor."
"Eliminate expressions of appreciation and recognition for individuals, groups, events, and institutions."
Consider designations and namings of post offices and other federal buildings only one day each month
"Consider designations and namings of post offices and other federal buildings only one day each month."
Do away with the concept of ''comprehensive'' spending bills. "Let’s break them up, to encourage scrutiny, and make spending cuts easier. Rather than pairing agencies and departments together, let them come to the House floor individually, to be judged on their own merit. Members shouldn’t have to vote for big spending increases at the Labor Department in order to fund Health and Human Services. Members shouldn’t have to vote for big increases at the Commerce Department just because they support NASA. Each department and agency should justify itself each year to the full House and Senate, and be judged on its own."
"Consider developing a 'cut as you go' rule that would apply to any member proposing the creation of new government programs or benefits...Under this 'CutGO' rule, if it is your intention to create a new government program, you must also terminate or reduce spending on an existing government program of equal or greater size – in the very same bill."
"Consider taking all these commemorative moments and special honors, and handle them during special orders and one-minute speeches... With all the challenges facing our nation, it is absurd that Congress spends so much time on naming post offices, congratulating sports teams, and celebrating the birthdays of historical figures. Now, I know the drill: members get good press opportunities back home and leaders get cover while stalling on the people’s priorities. But often these resolutions are poorly drafted, or duplicative of previously considered bills. And under both parties they’ve received little or no oversight. It’s my view that we should consider taking all these commemorative moments and special honors, and handle them during special orders and one-minute speeches"
"Require that all committees — especially the Rules Committee — webcast their proceedings and post complete transcripts online — with obvious exceptions for those panels dealing with state secrets and classified information."