The House GOP transition team today released the highlights of proposed rules they hope will govern the new Congress. The rules package will be considered by the full House on Jan. 5, the chamber's first day of business. Democrats will have the chance to offer their own rules.
But there are broad changes in the way the House will operate. They include:
•Putting attendance records for committee hearings online within 24 hours.
•Requiring spending increases to be offset by equal or greater cuts elsewhere in the budget. Tax increases could not be used to pay for the new spending.
•Committee chairmen would have to provide three days notice before considering legislation and would be required to post committee votes online within 48 hours.
"These reforms represent Republicans' first step ... to change the way Washington works and address the people's priorities -- creating jobs and cutting spending," incoming House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement.
The package also reinstates a six-year limit on the tenure of committee chairmen, changes the names of several committees and allows for the entire Constitution to be read aloud on the House floor on Jan. 6 -- the second day of the new Congress.