Feb 25, 2020

Diversity in Congress: By the Numbers + Why It Matters

On November 6, 2018, voters went to the polls and ushered in the most diverse Congress in American history. Congress’s changing composition signifies that the diversity among America’s national population is becoming increasingly Read More

Jan 24, 2020

2020 Wish List: Five Things We’d Like to See from Congress

In a year that began with the longest shutdown in U.S. history and ended with the impeachment of the president, at first glance 2019 might seem to have been a legislative wash. However, despite these deeply partisan occurrences, the first Read More

Dec 17, 2019

It’s That Time of Year (Again): Crunch Time for Congress

One year after a debilitating government shutdown—the longest in U.S. history—Congress is on the verge of passing a federal budget through October 1, 2020. With only days to go until government funding runs out, Congress is once Read More

Dec 9, 2019

Capitol Hill Lingo: Six Congressional Resource Terms You Need to Know

With so many moving issues before Congress, one often wonders how they can effectively juggle so many topics and concerns that are needed to govern an entire nation. What makes the highest legislative body in the country function?  Read More

Dec 3, 2019

How Congress Can Improve Administrative Processes to Save Taxpayer Monday and Improve Efficiency

Mundane administrative tasks take up valuable time that members and their staff can use to provide constituent service and/or do legislative work. Over the years, there have been numerous attempts to reform the administrative processes of Read More

Nov 25, 2019

Committee Chat: Q&A with Modernization Committee Member Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA)

As partisan bickering and political divides continue to dominate headlines, it’s easy to forget that positive things are happening in Congress. Despite this, progress is being made, including on the Modernization Committee—one of the Read More

Nov 20, 2019

Congress is Behind the Times: It’s Time to Close the Science & Tech Gap

It’s no surprise that Congress is behind the times on being technology savvy. The infamous, viral footage of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress full of awkward pauses revealed some members’ lack of tech Read More

Nov 12, 2019

Here’s How Veterans Spark Bipartisanship in Congress: Insights from Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ)

This week, our nation honors the brave men and women who have served to defend the freedom and values that are the pillars of our democracy. With nearly 100 military veterans in Congress, we reflect on how these members have shaped our Read More

Nov 5, 2019

Three Takeaways from the Modernization Committee’s Hearing on the House Calendar and Schedule

There is no doubt that Congress, as it stands, has a lot of room for improvement. Reforming the House calendar and schedule is perhaps one of the best ways to start to make a meaningful change in the right direction. Although every member Read More

Oct 29, 2019

Treats, Not Tricks: How the Modernization Committee is Shaking Things Up by Making Congress Sweeter

From gruesome mudslinging to partisan chain-rattling, Congress can often feel as spooky as Halloween. It’s time for more treats and fewer tricks, and thankfully, the Modernization Committee is working to do just that. As one of the Read More

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