Congressional Reform Concepts
For Consideration By
A Joint Committee on the Congress of Tomorrow
The following recommendations are the result of conversations that have taken place among several groups and are intended to serve as a framework for short-term and long-term change.
Such a framework would be best achieved through the creation of a bipartisan, bicameral Joint Committee on a Modern Congress, patterned after those created during the last Century for a similar purpose.
SENATE OPERATIONS AND PROCEDURES
- Changes in Senate rules should be restricted to the opening of each Congress and require two-thirds vote of the Senate to agree (BPC proposal);
- Require the publication of “holds” on nominations 24 hours after the old has been declared (BPC proposal)
- Adopt Senate rules that would restrict the power of the Majority Leader to “fill the amendment tree” effectively prohibiting other members of the body from offering amendments.
- Adopt a Senate rule prohibiting the filing of cloture on the same day a bill is brought to the floor.
- Adopt a Senate rule eliminating the authority of the body to filibuster the motion to proceed.
For a complete list of reform concepts, click here.