Establish a blocked schedule when committees may meet and extend formal protections for committee work.

One of the biggest concerns the Committee heard from Members is that they feel they need to be in too many places at the same time, and often point to overlapping and conflicting committee meetings. The Committee found that since the 110th Congress, Members sit on an average of 5.4 committees and subcommittees. Efforts to deconflict committee meetings, to the extent possible, would allow Members to spend more substantial time on committee business and would hopefully reduce the need for certain committees to be prioritized over others.

Evidence from state legislatures, as discussed above, has shown block schedule can work to great success. Thus, the Committee recommends the House establish a blocked schedule when committees may meet and extend formal protections for committee work. 

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