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 is a positive step, it is now up to all of us to ensure its success and that the Senate takes similar action.
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 we must now demand that all Members of Congress support the work of this new committee and help it succeed. Americans deserve an institution that works for us so we must ensure congressional leaders advance the committee’s recommendations.
TO REVITALIZE ITSELF, CONGRESS MUST:
Appoint members to the committee who are committed to putting reforms over politics
Dedicate sufficient funding and staff to allow for substantive impact
Ensure committee recommendations are acted upon expeditiously by committees of jurisdiction
Have a House leadership that commits to moving proposed reforms on the floor
Create a similar committee in the Senate to provide a comprehensive revitalization of Congress