Jillian Bandes

“House rules will be changed to make it harder to increase spending and easier to cut it, so that we begin a new era of fiscal responsibility in Washington,” said Christopher Bognanno, the communications director for Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.), who sits on the Floor, Committee, and House Schedule working group. “There will be an end to the practice of passing ‘comprehensive’ or ‘omnibus’ bills that package unrelated legislation together in an effort to avoid public scrutiny.”

In other words, there won’t be any 3,000 page bills, at least none with the variety of earmarks and unrelated items that you could find in the last Congress. But tacking unrelated bits of legislation on to large omnibus bills is the way most things get passed in Congress. How will the Little League Team of Little Limmy be rewarded for their county-wide championship game? How will the lobbyists shove through regulations for the American Association of Gastroenterologists?

Right now, it’s almost as if Members on the Majority Transition team aren’t even aware of those kinds of pressures. Instead, it’s all “transparency,” “accountability” and “cost-effective government.”

"The House Operations Working Group is focused on finding ways to cut costs in congressional operations,” said Jocelyn Rogers, the press secretary for Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who is co-leader of that working group. “As the transition team moves forward, I think the American people will see that we share their concerns and are committed to making important, substantial reforms to the way Congress is run."

“Congresswoman Capito will be the first one to say that Republicans need to—and will—live up to their promises of creating a more transparent, accountable and cost-effective government,” said Jamie Corley, the press secretary for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, who is the co-leader of the Floor, Committee, and House Schedule working group.

They’ve got two years to follow through.


Jillian Bandes

Jillian Bandes is the National Political Reporter for Townhall.com