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Upton Champions Bipartisan “Break the Gridlock” Proposal

Package of reforms would make the House work again for the American People

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Washington, July 26, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined members of the House Problem Solvers Caucus in introducing a package of changes to the House Rules to make Congress work better for the American people. The proposed rule changes reward transparency, encourage a willingness to reach across the aisle, create debate on divisive issues, and empower lawmakers to find real solutions concerning our nation’s most pressing matters.

“It’s time to make Washington more accountable to the American people. With this new bipartisan package in place, we can finally do what we’ve been sent to Washington to do: Fix problems. Whether it’s reforming our broken immigration system, finding common-ground on gun and school safety laws, fixing the health care mess, and more,” said Upton. “As chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I changed the rules to encourage more bipartisanship. It worked. We passed 354 measures through the House and saw 202 signed into law. Almost all were bipartisan. It’s time for the People’s House to implement some of these same changes so we can break the gridlock and deliver real results for folks at home. We welcome all who want to join us in that effort.”

Click HERE for video of Upton speaking at today’s press conference announcing the “Break the Gridlock” package.

Click HERE for video of Upton interviewed about why “Break the Gridlock” is important to Michigan.

“We care about reforming the institution, so that Congress is actually able to get things done for the people back home,” added Caucus Co-Chair U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-New York. “Due to the House Floor being controlled by a select few, most Members of Congress are not able to bring their ideas and proposals to the House Floor for a fair vote that would allow us to begin solving some of the most contentious issues facing our country today.”

“We’ve seen time and again how our common-sense solutions get jammed up in a system built to empower the voices of a few extremists. Instead of letting obstructionists create roadblocks to bipartisan consensus, the American people deserve action on everything from infrastructure to immigration. These changes will pave the way to the House Floor for bipartisan solutions and break the gridlock,” added Caucus Co-Chair Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey.

Background:

For nearly two years, the Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus have worked together to find bipartisan agreement on the toughest issues facing Congress: they proposed a health care compromise to stabilize the individual insurance marketplace, an agreement on our nation’s DREAMERs and border security, support for gun and school safety legislation, and recommendations for a bipartisan infrastructure package.

However, their progress and bipartisan cooperation as a whole have been stifled because of House Rules that enable a few Members to hold most of the power.

To make the House work again for the American People, the Problem Solvers Caucus is proposing the “Break the Gridlock” draft proposal, which will be used to help build consensus around rule changes ahead of January.

The full list of goals and proposals can be found HERE.

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