Today, the House takes up the FY 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations bill under an open rule. That means any member can offer any germane amendment to the bill on the House floor. While this may seem like nothing more than “inside baseball,” it is in fact a fundamentally important issue that directly effects the substantive outcomes of the legislative process. This open rule will be the first one considered by the House in nearly four years and it will not be the last. This open rule launches the entire FY 2012 appropriations season with a spirit of openness and accountability.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 represents a chance to change the direction of the spending debate in Washington. First, it cuts and caps spending, saving approximately $1.2 trillion over 10 years (subject to CBO confirmation). It also creates a Joint Select Congressional Committee tasked with finding real savings and creating a clear path for its work product to actually receive an up or down vote, so we can begin the process of paying down our debt.
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The Committee on Rules will reconvene Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM in H-313 The Capitol on the following measure:
The Committee on Rules will meet on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. in H-313 The Capitol on the following measures:
February 1, 2012
February 1, 2012