From the Morning Memo:

As Rep. Nancy Pelosi continues her efforts to solidify her bid to be the next Speaker of the House, another Upstate New York member of Congress is reaping the benefits.

Rep. Tom Reed, R-NY-23, announced Pelosi struck a deal with the Problem Solvers Caucus, agreeing to change several rules he said should help break gridlock. Reed co-chairs the bipartisan caucus.

It was, in fact the Democrats in the group, whose votes for Speaker, Pelosi was seeking. The nine members were threatening not to vote for her if she didn’t support reforms.

Reed said everybody benefits though.

“These rule changes represent a hopeful and substantial breakthrough to empower the people we represent, enable rank-and-file Members to truly govern and make it easier for bipartisan bills to pass,” he said. 

Among the changes, it will now be harder to keep legislation with 290 or more sponsors stalled in committee. If a bill meets the requirements to go on a “Consensus Calendar” leadership will be required to bring at least one of those stalled bills per week to the floor for a vote, during the final months of session.

Another change gives preference to amendments with at least 20 sponsors from each party. 

Also, a process allowing members to bring legislation to the floor with 218 signatures would be opened up even further. They would be allowed to be considered under a 3-day notice process rather than only on certain Mondays, as it exists now.

“We look forward to continuing to work across the aisle to find common ground in order to get things done for the American people,” Reed said.

The congressman is the second representative from the region to take advantage of Pelosi’s push for the leadership position. Last week, Democrat Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, decided to support her after she promised to bring two priority bills, one regarding health care and major infrastructure legislation, to the floor.