Sen. Benjamin Cardin, who has taken a leading role in discussions on caucus rules, predicted that changes won’t be adopted until January. The Maryland Democrat described the ongoing talks as “a way to get our rules up to date.”
Junior Democrats from the classes of 2006 and 2008 have been agitating over the past year for changes to caucus rules that would prevent senior Members from hoarding committee and subcommittee gavels, for example. They have also proposed electing chairmen, rather than adhering to the seniority system.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.