Speaker-designate John Boehner has announced that he will appoint Congressman-elect Rob Woodall (GA-07) to the prestigious House Committee on Rules. The Committee on Rules is a committee hand-picked by the Speaker of the House to deliberate on how bills come to the House Floor for a vote.
"This was my top committee choice. If there is a way to have a positive impact in the House of Representatives that the constituents of the Seventh District can be proud of, it's by serving on the Committee on Rules," Woodall said.
When a bill is reported out of a committee, it does not go directly to the House Floor.
Instead, it is passed to the House Committee on Rules where members decide the way in which the bill will come to the House Floor for a vote--from how many amendments are allowed to how long Members may debate.
"Virtually every bill in Congress goes to the Committee on Rules where its select Members decide exactly what can be done to change the bill once it is brought to the House Floor," Woodall explained. "Serving on the Committee on Rules means that I will touch every single bill that comes to the House Floor for a vote."
The entire U.S. House will vote on Wednesday to confirm Woodall's appointment to the committee.
"We do not need any more bills passed under the cloak of darkness as there has been under Speaker Pelosi's leadership," he said. "I will work with Speaker-designate Boehner and my colleagues to ensure we have open and healthy debate on the bills that are up for a vote."
There are only thirteen members on the Committee on Rules, nine of them are Republican.
Despite his freshman status, Woodall already has the knowledge and experience to serve in such an elite capacity. He was Committee Staff Director when his former boss and predecessor, Congressman Linder, served on Rules.
Woodall said, "I know that Rules will play a unique role in reforming the corrupt ways that the Democrats brought bills to a vote. With the Republicans in control and looking to pass important legislation like defunding and repealing ObamaCare, the Rules Committee will play an integral part in ensuring important bills like these come to the House Floor in a fair manner. The job will be tough, but I am ready for the challenges that I and my fellow Committee members will face."
Woodall continued, "As I perform my duties as a member of the House Committee on Rules, I promise to keep the principles of freedom, the rule of law and the best interests of the Seventh District in the front of my mind."