Yesterday, the Rules Committee adopted HR 7, a change that would alter the way committee assignments are handed out on the two money committees in the House- Ways & Means and Appropriations. Basically, old rules from the one-party days require the Speaker to appoint all but three members based on seniority among the five old Congressional districts.
The new rules would keep each committee at 33 members, and prohibit someone from serving on both. But the Speaker would have a little more discretion with at large members. He would now be able to appoint nine members of his choosing, with six each from the four current Congressional districts. Those appointments would again be based on seniority.
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