After the 113th Congress was officially sworn in on January 3, one of the first orders of business was to approve new rules under which the legislative process will operate during this session of Congress. House Resolution 5, the House Rules Package for the 113th Congress, not only outlines procedural guidelines for the legislative session but establishes a framework for scaling back the size and scope of the federal government.
The new rules build on progress begun in 2011 when House Republicans instituted reforms to increase transparency, promote spending restraint and restore the proper focus on the Constitution eroded during the four years under Speaker Pelosi and a liberal House majority. Retaining control of the House for a second consecutive term, the Republican majority remains committed to restoring fiscal sanity to Washington.
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