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Ranking Member McGovern Calls for More Accommodating Process as Subcommittee Examines Possible Rules Changes for the 116th Congress

Rules Committee Ranking Member James P. McGovern (D-MA) this morning called for a more accommodating process that restores integrity to the House of Representatives as the Subcommittee on Rules and Organization held a members’ day hearing examining possible rules changes for the 116thCongress. This Republican Congress has already become the most closed Congress in history, with the House considering the 97th closed rule of this Congress later today. 

Rule Reported for Minibus and Save American Workers Act

The Rules Committee reported a closed rule for H.R. 3798 - Save American Workers Act of 2017 and a rule for the consideration of the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 5895 - Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019 on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Rule Reported for Crime of Violence Bill

The Rules Committee reported a closed rule for H.R. 6691 - Community Safety and Security Act of 2018 on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Rule Reported for Financial Counseling Act & LNG Act

The Rules Committee reported a structured rule for H.R. 1635 – Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act and reported a structured rule for H.R. 4606 – Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Rule Reported for NDAA Conference Report

The Rules Committee reported a rule for the consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5515 - John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 in an emergency meeting on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

Rule Reported for Suspension and Martial Law Authority

The Rules Committee had an emergency meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 and reported a rule providing for same-day and suspension authority,

Rule Reported for Health Service Accounts Package

The Rules Committee reported a closed rule for H.R. 6199 — Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 on Monday, July 23, 2018.

Rule Reported for Medical Devices Bill and Health Service Accounts Package

The Rules Committee reported a closed rule for H.R. 184 — Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017 and reported a closed rule for H.R. 6311 —Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 on Monday, July 23, 2018.

Rule Reported for Carbon Tax Sense of Congress

The Rules Committee reported a structured rule for H. Con. Res. 119 — Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Ranking Member McGovern Calls on Republicans to Reverse Cut Zeroing Out Funding to Help Protect Elections from Cyber-Hacking

On the House Floor today, Rules Committee Ranking Member Jim McGovern (D-MA) called on Republicans to reverse their cut zeroing out funding for critical grants that would help fortify and protect election systems from cyber-hacking by hostile foreign powers like Russia. This cut is $380 million less than the FY18 enacted level and equal to President Trump’s request. Last night in the Rules Committee, the Republicans blocked an amendment from Rep. Quigley (D-IL) restoring this funding from getting a vote on the House Floor. 

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