A past aide who worked under former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has made one heck of a suggestion to make Congress run smoother.
Former advisor Michael Steel thinks the position of Speaker of the House is outdated and may require a massive overhaul in the interest of the American people.
“I honestly think it’s going to prove impossible in the long haul to effectively operate the House of Representatives with a speaker who requires the majority of the whole House,” Steel shared on the Yahoo News podcast “The Long Game.”
“So what I would do is reduce the influence of the office of the speaker, make it kind of a figurehead ceremonial post, similar to the president pro tempore of the Senate … and then have the majority party leader essentially take over most of the functions that the speaker has today,” Steel suggested.
“I don’t know that it would even require a vote. It would be a change in practices,” he added. “You would basically move budget authority around, more than anything else. … A lot of the policymaking function and outreach functions that are currently in the speaker’s office, you just move those people and that budget into the majority leader’s office.”
Pelosi better watch out, if Steel’s suggestion gains ground she might be out of a job.