I read a sunny article in “The Hill” about problem solvers. Here are some excerpts with my comments:
Author Margaret White, executive director of No Labels, writes:
Recently, several bills have been expedited under the new “290” or “consensus calendar” rule. One is the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act,” authored by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.). It reduces the visa backlogs for immigrants with particular in-demand skills.
Another is the “Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act,” led by Reps. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and John Yarmuth (D-Ky.). It would repeal the so-called “widow’s tax,” so spouses of service members who die during active duty will not see their benefits reduced.
These bills, while perhaps worthwhile, are no big deal.
Other legislation that has benefited from the 290 rule includes a measure to ensure continued benefits for first-responders who suffered health problems related to the 9/11 terror attacks.
I am uncertain that the problem solvers played a role in bringing this to a vote in the House.
White doesn’t mention the bill to fund humane detention at the Southern border which the problem solvers claimed to have brought to a vote. If the legislators had not been in a hurry to leave for vacation, a more effective bill might have passed.