Paul Ryan Cleaning House - Changes in Committee Chairs Expected
|Speaker Paul Ryan|
Politico reports, "This week, the lawmakers have discussed a two-part overhaul to the committee that would drastically change its membership.
"During the current Congress, top committee chairmen would be removed from the panel and replaced with members elected by the House Republican Conference, according to multiple sources involved in and familiar with the talks. In the next Congress, the GOP would add additional regional representatives to the committee so it better reflects the makeup of the Republican Conference.
"The plans have not been finalized, and likely will not be until next week when the House returns from recess. Additional reforms are possible to the panel, and any change would have to be ratified by a vote of the GOP conference." ...
"The steering committee has become the target of much anger from conservatives, who see it as emblematic of the strong arm of the House speaker. For example, the panel can be used to strip troublemaking lawmakers of their committee assignments.
"The panel is currently under the firm control of leadership. The speaker’s five votes give him outsize representation, and combined with his influence, the top Republican is able to sway the outcome of most decisions in front of the panel."
... "Under the plan being discussed, several powerful chairmen — otherwise known as “A Committee” chairmen — would lose their slots." . . .
The steering committee changes are among other internal reforms Ryan is planning. He has said he plans a broad overhaul of how the House works by the end of this year.
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