When you wait to the last minute, you rush to get things done, and the closer you get to the deadline, the less options you have.
There are amendments never offered, there are bills never heard, that are basically killed because of the process.
Parents like options when it comes to their children's education. And they respond to quality.
You lay out a plan and - say a three-year plan or a two-year plan - and say, 'This is what we can do. We can do the transportation packages, like the highway bill and the water bill, and we can do some of these other areas - a farm bill - whatever it is, we lay out a schedule, and we put that committee to work to do that.'
The only way to improve the GOP brand and make good public policy is to fix the process. This requires transforming the way Congress does business.
My job was to get a fair and open hearing to all ideas.
I have one desire: That is to have a principle-based, member-driven Congress. Period. That's what I want.
Principle says it's not who put forth an idea. It's not the position of the person who put forth an idea; it's not the longevity of the person or the party of the person. That's not what it is at all. In a power system, that's the way it works. But in a principle system, it's what it says.
I changed that system in Florida when I was the Speaker of the House - I was the Minority Leader; I saw for 16 years the way a power system works.
We're a nation of immigrants - there's no question about that. But we're also a nation of laws. I think we have to honor both of those.