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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Costa and Problem Solvers Caucus Propose “Break the Gridlock” Plan

Jul 25, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Valley Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and his fellow members of the House Problem Solvers Caucus unveiled their proposal to make Congress work better for the American people.

Adeptly titled, “Break the Gridlock,” the plan calls for specific changes to the House rules that will reward openness and transparency, encourage a willingness to reach across the aisle, create debate on divisive issues, and empower lawmakers to find real solutions concerning the nation’s most pressing matters.

Rep. Costa said about the reform package, “The majority of Americans have made their views clear: It is time to fix this broken Congress. We in the Problem Solvers could not agree more, which is why we came together to propose this package of House reforms. It is a significant and serious step aimed at ensuring that the House is more bipartisan, less gridlocked, and more representative of the American people.”

The package includes – among others – proposals to give fast-tracked and priority consideration to bipartisan legislation. 

The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan group of representatives working to find a path forward for responsible governance. The Caucus proposed a health care compromise to stabilize the individual marketplace, an agreement on our nation’s DREAMERs and border security, and recommendations for a bipartisan infrastructure package during this Congress.

The Problem Solvers Caucus plans to work with other caucuses and coalitions in the House to collaborate and help build consensus around House rules changes for the next Congress. The full “Break the Gridlock” package can be found here.