Americans Need a Congress that Works

Our government was created for the people, but as Congress continues down a dysfunctional path, it fails to serve us, the American people. Americans depend on their representatives to be their voice in Congress, but as partisan politics force crisis after crisis, lawmakers are unable to fulfill this responsibility. The public is losing faith: only 17% approve of the job Congress is doing.  

That’s why Bipartisan Policy Center Action created the Congress that Works movement – to demand a committee that would drive institutional reforms to avoid partisan-driven crises, encourage responsible budgeting, and once again respond to the immediate needs of the everyday lives of Americans.

We made major strides in 2018: people across the country sent more than 27,600 letters to Capitol Hill calling for this new committee.  And Congress heard the cry: House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Jim McGovern included such a committee in his draft Rules package for the 116th Congress, and the entire House of Representatives approved what it calls a Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress by a vote of 418-12.  Now, at this critical juncture, it is time to ensure this committee is set up to succeed and that its recommendations are acted upon so that it can make Congress work for us once again.  

A Congress that Works—one capable of solving problems and producing results —is on the horizon. Let’s make certain it crosses the finish line by pressing Congress to give the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress the tools and the teeth it requires.


Members of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Chair: Derek Kilmer (D-WA)

Vice Chair: Tom Graves (R-GA)

Susan Brooks (R-IN)

Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)

Rodney Davis (R-IL)

Suzan DelBene (D-WA)

Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

Dan Newhouse (R-WA)

Mark Pocan (D-WI)

Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA)

William Timmons (R-SC)

Rob Woodall (R-GA)

Community Supporters

Community supporters are engaged with this project on an educational basis and are not involved in direct or grassroots advocacy. Congress That Works is a project of BPC Action sponsored by Democracy Fund Voice.

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