A bipartisan group of lawmakers is considering rules changes in the House that make a ton of sense. Specifically, they want to make sure the speaker of the house is a bipartisan position. One idea being considered would make it so the speaker would need to get at least five votes from the minority party. Another idea would require the speaker be supported by 60 percent of the House.
This is a great idea. The concept should be taken to the Senate too. Requiring bipartisan support for a chamber’s leader would greatly decrease the partisan gridlock that has dominated Washington for decades. If the leaders of both houses knew they had to address the concerns of at least some in the minority party, the extremist agenda that dominates our politics today would be impossible.
Let’s hope this group of bipartisan legislators is successful and that their efforts encourage other commonsense rules changes. Who knows, this could be the beginning of efforts to take steps to make Washington more functional and responsive to the people.