Committees should hold bipartisan pre-hearing committee meetings.
Prior to a committee hearing, Members and staff from both parties should meet to set goals for the hearing. Such pre-hearing meetings would reduce the tendency to engage in surprise tactics and defuse partisanship before it begins. By establishing Chair, Ranking Member, and Member expectations in pre-hearing meetings, Members can also better plan and coordinate their witness questions, resulting in a more productive and substantive hearing. The Committee engaged in this practice, with success.