Ryan says the reforms would give more party leaders a voice

Staff report


U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, Saturday released his proposed reforms for the House Democratic Caucus if he is elected as minority leader.

Ryan is challenging Nancy Pelosi as minority leader of the House of Representatives.

“The Democratic Party cannot move forward and win back our majority unless we decentralize the power of our party leadership and bring it back to all members. Each and every member brings to Congress ideas for how we can shape our party and our country for the 21st Century,” said Ryan.

If elected, Ryan said he would work to immediately enact a number of reforms to lead the Democratic Party.

They are:

Split the duties of the Steering and Policy Committee between a Democratic Steering Committee and a new Democratic Committee on Policy Innovation.

Ryan said a significant number of seats would be reserved for young members, members in competitive districts and reflecting the diversity of the caucus. The Democratic Committee on Policy Innovation would become the Caucus’ “Idea Factory,” ensuring that the Democratic Party is always seen by the American people as the Party of Ideas.

Immediately create an elected-leadership position reserved only for members with three terms or less, and who would also have a seat on the Democratic Steering Committee.

Work with Committee ranking members to create the role of vice-chairs/vice-ranking members of committees; providing opportunity for additional members to take part in decision-making, have their voices heard, assume additional responsibility, and increase their national profile. The vice-chairs would also have representation on the Democratic Steering Committee or the Democratic Committee on Policy Innovation.

The Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, currently chaired by retiring Rep. Steve Israel, should be renamed the Democratic Committee on Message Strategy, headed by two co-chairmen and focused on ensuring that the Democratic Party’s best messengers in Congress are given the resources they need to advance the Caucus’ message nationally.

Ryan said members of the Democratic Committee on Message Strategy would be tasked as issue ambassadors working hand-in-hand with the newly created Democratic Committee on Policy Innovation and the Democratic leader’s office to find new and innovative ways to communicate with the American people.

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