Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Promises about Congressional Rules on GOP Pledge-O-Meter

Cut Congress' budget

Will "make Congress do more with less by significantly reducing its budget."

Publish the text of bills online at least three days before a House vote

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."

Require bills to include a clause citing its authority in the Constitution

Will "require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified."

Will not bundle bills into "must-pass" legislation

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."

Pass 'clean' military spending bills

Troop funding bills "will not be held up by unrelated policy changes, or extraneous domestic spending and pork-barrel projects."

Bring every Pledge to America proposal before the House for a vote

"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."

Schedule at least one YouCut proposal every week

"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."

Have every member of the House Republican conference champion a YouCut program

"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

Refuse to "consider House legislation that includes earmarks."

Develop standards for the type of legislation that will be brought to the floor

Will "develop and articulate clear standards for the type of legislation that will be brought to the floor."

Eliminate congressional resolutions to honor individuals and groups

"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

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."

Develop a 'cut as you go' rule

"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."

Handle commemorative moments and special honors during special orders and one-minute speeches

"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"

Webcast committee meetings

"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."