Stefanik supports resolution to encourage bipartisan legislation


Stefanik supports resolution to encourage bipartisan legislation

U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, announced her support Tuesday for a resolution designed to break through partisan gridlock and allow for bipartisan bills to move more quickly through the House.The resolution is a package of fairly technical reforms to the House’s procedure. The resolution was introduced by the Problem Solvers Caucus, about 48 House members who are evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans and includes several members of the New York delegation, although not Ms. Stefanik.Among other things, the resolution requires a larger number of congressional representatives to elect a Speaker of the House and an absolute majority of all members to elect a new speaker — not just members who are present.There is also a procedure to expedite bills that get two-thirds of the House as co-sponsors and requirements for more amendments and commentary from both parties.Ms. Stefanik has worked with the caucus, even though she is not a member of it.“She works with this Caucus in her capacity of Co-Chair of the Tuesday Group — a group of the most bipartisan House Republicans who work together on policy issues,” wrote Tom Flanagan, Ms. Stefanik’s spokesman, in an email.Mr, Flanagan said Ms. Stefanik’s support is in line with her history of bipartisanship.“Congresswoman Stefanik supports the proposals in the package and as Co-Chair of Tuesday Group has been one of the champions for these reforms,” he wrote. “As one of the most bipartisan Members of Congress, according to the Lugar Center, she is particularly enthused about the reforms to allow bipartisan legislation to advance quickly. She believes that commonsense reforms with strong bipartisan support should not be log jammed in Congress and should be expedited.”Asked about the timing of the bills — reforms designed to give the minority party more leverage ahead of an election in which Republicans are projected to lose control of the House — Mr. Flanagan denied it was a matter of partisan politics.“This isn’t about Republican or Democrat control — it’s a bipartisan resolution with bipartisan co-sponsors,” Mr. Flanagan wrote. “This is about advancing bipartisan legislation and giving the American people and her constituents in the North Country a government they deserve.”
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Stefanik supports resolution to encourage bipartisan legislation

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