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Speaker Race Could Hinge on Who Agrees to Change the Rules
House members have an ultimatum for those who covet the top spot: No changes, no gavel

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., is among the members demanding wholesale rules changes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Whichever party controls the House in 2019, the next speaker won’t secure the job easily and will likely have to promise major changes to how the institution operates, with members demanding that as a condition for support.

Frustration has grown among rank-and-file members for years as leadership usurped decision-making power from committees. Lawmakers have pushed to change House and caucus rules to return influence to individuals and committees, but with limited success.

Looking for a Women’s History Museum on the Mall? So Are These Lawmakers
 

Members Dance, Sing with Wynonna Judd at ‘Grammys on the Hill’
 

Over a dozen members of Congress got on stage with country singer Wynonna Judd on Wednesday night during the Recording Academy’s “Grammys on the Hill” event. The event, which featured performances from Judd and Keith Urban, was part of a push for representation and compensation for music creators. Watch the video for lawmakers attempting to sing along to Judd’s country classic “No One Else on Earth.”

Will and Beto’s Excellent Adventure

Bipartisan Bedfellows Push Overhaul of Prison, Sentencing Systems

Booker, left, wants to continue working on prison overhaul. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Republicans set to have control of both chambers of Congress, there has been no shortage of talk of leaving the dysfunction of the 113th Congress behind and focusing on areas of compromise in the coming year.  

One possible area (which is off most political radars) is overhauling the prison and sentencing systems, an issue on which Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, agree. They'll all still be around in the 114th Congress.