Harris appointed to powerful House Rules Committee

HARRISBURG, June 9 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., Tuesday was appointed to the House Rules Committee by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny.

“I’m incredibly humbled to be chosen by Leader Dermody for membership on the Rules Committee and I look forward to working to facilitate the flow of legislation with members from both sides of the aisle to create a better Pennsylvania,” Harris said. “I will continue to work with my fellow members in the best interests of my constituents.”

The Rules Committee is considered the most powerful House committee. The committee consists of the speaker of the House; the majority and minority leaders; the majority and minority whips; the majority and minority appropriations chairmen; 14 members of the majority party appointed by the speaker; and 12 members of the minority party appointed by the minority leader.

Unlike other standing committees, which are responsible for a specific area of policy, the Rules Committee is in charge of facilitating the flow of legislation in the House. The Rules Committee is also the only committee that can amend legislation that comes back from the Senate on concurrence and propose amendments to the rules of the House, if needed.

Harris was appointed to replace state Rep. John Sabatina, D-Phila., who stepped down from the Rules Committee after being elected to the state Senate in a special election.