From U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9):
"Progress Made on Returning to Regular Order
read this column often are likely aware of my efforts to ensure that the House
of Representatives follows a more regular order and better adheres to the
principles of Thomas Jefferson’s Manual of Parliamentary Practice. I am pleased
to report that we have made some progress in this area.
According to the
office of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), since he became Speaker, an average of
nearly 30 amendments per bill have been given consideration on the House floor.
From my observation, prior to Speaker Ryan being Speaker, the number of
amendments per bill allowed to be debated on was substantially
Additionally, last week on the House floor, there was a
communications human error. Certain Members had asked for a recorded vote on a
bill, but the “ball” was dropped and the bill initially passed in a voice vote.
It was a mere mistake, but I believe that six months ago, the attitude would
have been, “It was a mistake. Let’s move on.”
Instead of that response,
which would have angered some Members, everyone worked together and found a
parliamentary process to allow the vote to take place. It is true that time was
spent discussing the matter behind the scenes, and it did take an extra 30
minutes on the floor to work this out. But doing so sent a clear signal that
the House is running more fairly.
In the end, everyone felt good about
Finally, the House last week approved two conference reports
trying to sort out the differences between similar pieces of legislation passed
in the House and Senate.
While I am pleased by this progress, I will
continue working with my colleagues to return the House of Representatives to a
true deliberative body and prove to the American people that we will conduct
their business in a more transparent and regular manner.
If you have
questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call
my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671.
To reach my office via email, please visit my website at
www.morgangriffith.house.gov. Also on my website is the latest material from my
office, including information on votes recently taken on the floor of the House