This resolution would change the rules of the House of Representatives to require that votes be held in the House for five consecutive days each week except during any recess, or four days during any week in which there’s a holiday. The House would be limited to 13 recess weeks during each calendar year. This requirement would take effect with the first session of Congress beginning on the date this resolution is adopted, which would be considered along with other House rules on the session’s first day.
What is House Bill H. Res. 149?
Cost of House Bill H. Res. 149
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) introduced this bill to “get Congress back to work” by requiring that the House meet five days per week for 39 weeks out of the year:
“Never before has it been as important for Congress to flex its muscle as the branch of government with the power of the purse and the power of oversight over the White House. Congress needs to fully investigate Russian influence over the White House. Congress needs to legislate on immigration reform to grow our economy and keep families together. Congress needs to pass not one, but two budgets this year that provide for a strong national defense and invest in the next generation, not a useless border wall. To accomplish all of these priorities and monitor whatever else the President decides to throw at us, Congress needs to show up.”
This legislation has the support of three cosponsors in the House, including two Democrats and a Republican.
Of Note: Since 2001 the House has worked 139 days per year on average, and in 2017 it’s scheduled to work 145 days.
- Sponsoring Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) Press Release
- The Hill (Previous Version)
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Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: mrod / iStock)
Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to require the House to meet 5 days a week for 39 weeks each year.
simple resolution Progress
- The house has not voted
Committee on RulesIntroducedFebruary 17th, 2017
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