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 Committee on the Modernization of Congress drives 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 the Select Committee.  Now, at this critical juncture, it is time to ensure this committee succeeds 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. 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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