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What the House Republican rebels got right

Rebels in the House demanded a new set of rules governing how the chamber would operate. Since 2000, the average number of pages in legislation enacted into law has roughly doubled. The recent $1.7 trillion fiscal 2023 omnibus spending package came in at more than 4,000 pages. As recently as the mid- to late-1990s, more than half the bills that reached the House floor did so under an “open rule”. Since 2016, under speakers Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi, there has not been an open rule on a single piece of legislation.