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Friday, November 9, 2012

Fixing Government - Mark McKinnon

Republican Strategist, Mark McKinnon has suggested steps to help fix govenment.  These items were published in Parade Magazine:

There are no easy solutions to issues Like the fiscal cliff, immigration, and energy, but a number of reforms could be enacted to help Washington work better.

Pass "No Budget, No Pay" legislation that would dock legislators every day they fail to pass a budget on time.

Require an up or dawn vote on presidential appointments within 90 days or the nominee is confirmed by default.

End the use of filibusters to prevent a bill from reaching the Senate floor for debate.

Allow members the ability, if they have a majority, to anonymously override a leader or committee chair's refusal to bring a bill to the floor. The names would be made public after the bill passes.

Make members come to work five days a week in session. Sync House and Senate schedules, with three weeks in D.C., one week at home

Introduce a "Question Time " for the president; on a rotating basis, the House and Senate would host televised sessions. And schedule monthly news conferences for the president.

Have the comptroller general present an annual televised fiscal report to a joint session of Congress.

 Allow no pledges but the Oath of Office

Introduce monthly bipartisan gatherings, bipartisan seating, and a bipartisan leadership committee.

Expand presidential power to reorganize or eliminate redundant parts of the federal government.


 I found these suggestions interesting.

 

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