Nov 26, 2018

Now’s the Time to Propel the Committee on the Organization of Congress Over the Finish Line

We’re one step closer to a Congress of Tomorrow becoming a reality in the incoming Congress that convenes this January!

Incoming House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) included a Committee on the Organization of Congress in a draft rules package. This means a new Congress is on the horizon: one that functions more efficiently and effectively—and one that’s more accountable to us, the American people.

While there have been several bipartisan advancements this Congress worth celebrating, it’s time to make these successes the norm, not the exception. That’s only possible with a restored legislative process so that Congress can achieve results that will make a real difference in people’s lives. Here’s what the Congress of Tomorrow would do:

  1. Enable bipartisan cooperation and consensus-building to achieve legislative results. As it stands, the country is polarized, and excessive partisan divisions inhibit the passage of important legislation.
  2. Empower congressional committees which are key to bipartisan bridge-building. Committees are logical places to spark bipartisanship — at the beginning of the legislative process — and where lawmakers can develop a stake in the success of legislation to address the people’s interests.
  3. Ensure robust amendment processes. A robust amendment process will ensure that bills have been thoroughly debated, the best possible legislation is crafted on a bipartisan basis, and lawmakers have the opportunity to include measures that will encourage them to support the final bill.
  4. Pass budgets and complete funding bills on time. This will make Congress more effective by setting priorities, staying on schedule, and ensuring that all agencies are funded in a timely way.
  5. Provide effective and regular oversight of federal programs. The government must constantly and consistently analyze federal programs to ensure they are meeting their goals and addressing needs.

Now, it is vital that we urge this Committee moves forward and that, as it does, that it is required to report recommendations by a date-certain with action on the House floor shortly thereafter.  It is essential that the committee has the authority to make meaningful recommendations and that the full House be required to consider that package.

It’s time to act! Email your elected officials so we can propel this committee over the finish line and have a revitalized Congress that’s committed to the American people.

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