How to handle a government shutdown in the new GOP playbook


Republican lawmakers are planning a sweeping rewrite of the House’s rules to avoid a government shut down and have vowed to pass the legislation without a Democratic filibuster.

The changes would also dramatically increase the power of committees that are critical to the legislative process.

Democrats have warned that if Republicans can’t pass the measure, they will have to use the Congressional Review Act, a law that allows Congress to override a presidential veto.

The House GOP leaders are also moving to overhaul the House rules to make it easier for members to bring their own witnesses to testify.

Republicans, led by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., have been working on a new bill that would allow members to file articles of impeachment against Trump or Vice President Mike Pence.

The plan also would limit how often House committees can hold hearings on bills, allowing lawmakers to get to work on the most urgent issues and then focus on others as quickly as possible.

The proposal has already sparked criticism from Democrats who fear the bill will give power to Republicans to derail President Donald Trump’s agenda.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan has said the changes are not intended to undermine the process, which has become increasingly partisan in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.