The Speaker Project begins with the premise that no real change will come to Washington until congressional rules are changed in a way that forces the body to be responsive to the will of the American people.
This book outlines a strategy for how the American people can use the election of the next House speaker as leverage to make these changes happen.
The House is governed by rules and procedures that concentrate too much power in the wrong places, be it the speaker’s office or small, ideological factions that hold the rest of Congress hostage.
When this happens, bipartisan ideas almost always die. Speakers must appease their ideological fringes rather than edge toward the political center, where workable solutions are usually found.
The proposals in The Speaker Project would change these outdated rules and traditions.
It is no pipe dream. A small bipartisan group of lawmakers can exert tremendous leverage by conditioning their January 2019 vote for the next House speaker on the kinds of rule changes No Labels identifies in The Speaker Project. This has happened before in Congress.
No Labels believes it must happen again. See below for the kinds of rule changes we’re after.
Download the book to read about our proposed solutions.