Today, a remarkable 79% of Americans believe the political debate in the U.S. is “overheated and dangerous.” Another 54% of Americans also want political leaders in Washington to work together. A Congress that Works will replace distrust with confidence.
It’s no secret that our Congress needs help – and when our governing process fails to function, reform is necessary. This year, the House of Representatives took a major step to revitalize itself by creating a Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. But there’s still more work to be done.
It’s time to hold Congress accountable for making these reforms a reality so that we truly have a Congress for the people… a Congress that Works!
The bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress is charged with recommending vital changes that will make Congress work to propel our nation forward. While the creation of this committee in the House was a positive step, it is now up to us to ensure its success.
A Congress that Works requires an examination of the entire institution. It will take a concerted and sustained effort, as well as political resolve, to fix our legislative branch, but we believe this fundamental overhaul is necessary to make Congress more accountable to the American people and renew faith in our congressional leaders.
That is why Congress and members of the Committee must ensure it is positioned and empowered to succeed. That means thoroughly examining the institution, issuing effective and substantive recommendations, and holding both congressional leaders and rank-and-file members accountable for advancing proposed reforms that will have a lasting impact for all of us.
THESE ELEMENTS ARE NEEDED TO ENSURE A SUBSTANTIVE REFORM PROCESS:
Members committed to putting reforms over politics
Committee members working in a bipartisan fashion to agree on the problems and offer shared solutions
Recommendations that are acted upon expeditiously by committees of jurisdiction
House leadership that commits to moving proposed reforms on the floor
A similar committee in the Senate to provide a comprehensive revitalization of Congress