Speaker’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs announces first hearing

On Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10:30 AM EDT in House Visitor Center (HVC) Room 210, the newly formed Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs will hold its inaugural hearing.

In May, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the creation of the Task Force, a bipartisan group of lawmakers focused on balancing the interests between federal and local governments. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) has been appointed Chairman of the Task Force.

Ahead of the hearing, Speaker Ryan issued the following statement: “Federalism is a foundational principle of our Constitution, and Washington has so much to learn about how state and local leaders are driving innovation and responsive government. There’s no question we can all work as better partners, and I want to thank Chairman Bishop and the bipartisan group of lawmakers who have stepped forward to join this effort. More partnership, more subsidiarity and a willingness to listen and learn will go a long way. I look forward to participating in the process and seeing what the Task Force can produce.”

Task Force Chairman Rob Bishop said: “I’m looking forward to kicking off this important Task Force and hearing from some of our advisory council partners. Their ideas for rebalancing power in government is much needed. The vast experience these groups bring to the table will help us identify creative solutions to both procedural and policy problems facing our nation.”