Sen. Hob Bryan says a little language slipped into proposed legislative rules and a few words snipped out could allow the GOP legislative leadership to steamroll tax cuts and other bills into law without debate or scrutiny.
But the House leadership says it’s just trying to clean up the rules and make legislating go smoother.
The House on Thursday adopted its permanent rules for the new four-year term, and joint rules it sent to the Senate for its approval. This is standard procedure, and the House had to adopt its rules before committee chairmen can be appointed, as early as Friday. The vote was 98-23 to adopt the joint rules. The House rules were adopted by voice vote.