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Lipinski pleased with progress on reforms in U.S. House of Representatives

Dan Lipinski
Dan Lipinski

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, announced Wednesday that the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus reached an agreement with Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives for reform in the chamber.

The Problem Solvers Caucus wanted to pursue reforms, which would “break the gridlock” in the House. The reforms would include having a more bottom-up approach to writing and presenting legislation, in which individual members have the power.

“While we didn’t get all that we asked for, and even though I believe we can and should seek more changes going forward, I’m pleased to have been able to make progress on these reforms,” Lipinski said.

Lipinski added that in the current Congress under a Republican majority, “common-sense” bipartisan proposals developed by the Problem Solvers Caucus on health care, immigration reform, infrastructure and other issues were blocked from reaching a vote. He also said that in response to the pledged support from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, he pledged his support for her as speaker.

“This agreement came together very quickly, so I look forward to seeing the details written down in formal language and placed into the rules package that we expect to have in the coming weeks,” Lipinski said.

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