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 ensure that the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, that was established in 2019, drives institutional reforms to avoid partisan-driven crises, enable a more efficient and effective Congress, 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.   As the only true bipartisan committee in Congress, its twelve members have now made major progress recommending ways to make the House more functional, accountable and accessible to the American people. Now is the time to ensure this committee succeeds and that its recommendations are acted upon so that Congress can work for us once again.

A Congress that Works—one capable of solving problems and producing results —is on the horizon. Together, we will make certain it makes good on its promise.


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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