House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) thinks Congress is broken.
"The House finds itself in a state of emergency. The institution does not function," Boehner said during remarks at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based think tank.
If Republicans capture control of the House this fall, Boehner is likely to become Speaker. And he accuses the present Democratic majority of "flouting" House rules to ram through their agenda.
During his remarks, the Ohio Republican unveiled a plan to make the House work again.
At least as he sees it.
As problems, Boehner cited the failure of Congress to approve a budget resolution this year and accused the Democrats of sealing off major legislation from Republican amendments.
"Structure dictates behavior. More debate and more amendments will mean more intense scrutiny, and ultimately, better legislation," Boehner said.
He also promised to do away with "comprehensive spending bills," where many issues are glommed together.
"Let's break them up, to encourage scrutiny, and make spending cuts easier," Boehner argued.
He also mentioned an item in the GOP's "Pledge to America" that would require all bills meet Constitutional muster.
Democrats howled at Boehner's assertions.
"It's no wonder Mr. Boehner wants to talk process," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "(Republicans) have no substantive issues. So they talk about process."
- FOX's John Brandt contributed to this report.