Good Government Groups Urge ‘Systematic Reform’ of House Rules

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Twenty outside groups that seek to promote good government sent a letter to House lawmakers Wednesday morning, urging them to take back their individual power and overhaul the chamber’s rules. The letter, led by Demand Progress, outlines 10 principles that members should follow in crafting a new rules package. 

“The next few months present a rare opportunity for you to ensure that all members’ voices are heard during policy debates and that congressional offices have the tools they need to do their jobs,” the groups and experts wrote. “We believe now is the time for systemic reform.”

Groups that signed the letter include the Sunlight Foundation, Government Accountability Project, Campaign Legal Center, The OpenGov Foundation and Public Citizen, among others. Eight congressional experts also signed the letter.

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