At a bipartisan Member retreat (as recommended by the Select Committee) committees should have at least two-thirds of their Members meet separately to determine the committee’s goals for the year, and to discuss how the Members will treat each other in public and in private, and how the committee will treat witnesses during hearings.

In the spirit of encouraging bipartisan collaboration, the Committee sought innovative ways to encourage Members to work across the aisle at the committee level. Recognizing that committees are the engines of the policy making process, Committee Members agreed that committees could be more productive if Members agreed to a set of common principles and operational guidelines. Creating a more respectful tone is essential if Members are to build trust and work collaboratively.

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