Bishop Gets Nod for Exclusive House Rules Committee Spot
The appointment, made solely at the discretion of the Speaker, is one of only four additions to the Rules Committee this session. The Rules Committee, one of the four exclusive committees in the House, plays a major role in the overall legislative process through the crafting of rules, scheduling of bills, and regulating of debate. The thirteen-member committee, considered by many as an extension of leadership, is often called the "legislative gatekeeper" as it coordinates the flow of legislation and congressional business.
"I'm honored with the Speaker's confidence in me to serve in this position," Congressman Bishop said. "The Rules Committee basically has to touch in some degree every piece of legislation coming to the House floor. So I look forward to working more closely with leadership and in being in a better, more influential position to represent Utah interests."
After first being sworn in as a Member of Congress in 2003, Representative Bishop was fortunate as a freshman to receive the three committee assignments he initially requested: Armed Services, Resources, and Science. Due to the additional clout Rules committee positions carry, Members who serve on Rules do not serve on any other House committees. Fortunately for the sophomore lawmaker from Utah, he is allowed to go "on leave" from one committee, and not fully resign, so that he can maintain and build his seniority position. Mr. Bishop has chosen to continue to hold his seniority on the important House Armed Services Committee.
Bishop added, "As a former member and Chairman of the Rules Committee in the Utah House, I know the Rules committee plays an important role in keeping the business of the House running smoothly. And more importantly, I'm excited to join Chairman Dreier in ensuring a legislative process that keeps our country strong and protects American families."
Bishop spokesman Scott Parker provided the following perspective: "Rob went from sitting on three committees with fairly specific agendas and focus to sitting on one committee that sees every bill that comes before the Congress. Rob's influence here on Capitol Hill just expanded and his chances to affect legislation have increased dramatically. I know he's anxious to put that influence to work for our District."