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Tim Penny, Charlie Stenholm, Dave McCurdy, and John Tanner: Stop congressional disorder with regular order

Dec 16, 2020 | Budget Process

Tim Penny is co-chair and Charlie Stenholm, Dave McCurdy, and John Tanner are members of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. They recently wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Examinar, an excerpt of which is below: 

We all remember ABC’s clever children’s cartoon Schoolhouse Rock!, where we learned (among other things) how a bill becomes a law. That cute cartoon is instructive as to how a bill should become law.

Yet, for many years on Capitol Hill, that has not been the way things really work. It is a tragedy for our country.

We served in Congress at a time when, for the most part, this process was observed. First, a bill is introduced and sent to the committee with jurisdiction. There, it is debated and amended and, if approved, sent to the floor for additional debate and amendments.

Read the entire piece here.

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