Today Congressman Bob Goodlatte was appointed to serve on the Republican Majority Transition Team. The team, which is chaired by Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), is made up of twenty-two House Republicans who will work to ensure a seamless transition to the new Republican majority in the 112th Congress.
The goal of the Republican Majority Transition Team is to review all House procedures and work to implement the Congressional reforms included in the House Republicans' Pledge to America.
These reforms include a requirement that legislation be available online for 3 days before a vote so that members of Congress and the American people can read the bill, a requirement that all bills include a citation of constitutional authority so that Congress respects the limits imposed on it by our founding document, changes to House rules to make it harder to increase spending and easier to cut it so that we begin a new era of fiscal responsibility in Washington and an end to the practice of passing "comprehensive" or "omnibus" bills that package unrelated legislation together in an effort to avoid public scrutiny.
"I am honored to have been selected to be a member of the Republican Majority Transition Team," said Congressman Goodlatte. "The American people are demanding accountability and results and that is what House Republicans are offering. We have pledged to run the House differently than it has been run by both Democrats and Republicans in the past. We will work to ensure that the people's House is transparent and open to help build the trust so vital in a democracy."
"I appreciate Congressman Goodlatte's commitment to improving how Congress operates, bringing the American people closer to their representatives, and giving them a larger voice in how their government operates," said Chairman Walden. "I know Congressman Goodlatte will be a valuable member of this important and historic team, and I look forward to working with him in the coming months as we work to once again make the House of Representatives the best legislative body in the world."