Jun 10, 2019

Improving Constituent Engagement: Three Takeaways from the Modernization Committee’s Fifth Hearing

Each year, 25-35 million messages are sent to the House of Representatives. As constituent engagement with Congress increases, outdated technology, mass email campaigns often make it difficult for these important communications to... Read More

Jun 3, 2019

Congress Working: The Ins-and-Outs of Congressional Staffing

When people imagine a congressional staffer, they might picture the legislative assistant meeting with constituents, a press secretary drafting a media or floor statement, or a chief of staff attending an event with his or her member of... Read More

May 28, 2019

Modernization Committee Passes Its First Set of Recommendations to Make Congress More Transparent

Confused by the workings of Congress? You’re not alone! The inner mechanics of Congress are complex and can be confusing, even to Members of Congress and congressional insiders. Last week, the Select Committee on the Modernization of... Read More

May 20, 2019

Fixing Congress: Nine Things You Need to Know About How Congress is Structured

With the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress working to fix Congress, it’s time to get back to the basics: how does Congress work, anyway? And what needs to be repaired? Congress That Works is launching a “Fixing... Read More

May 13, 2019

Making Congress More Transparent: How and Why It Matters | Takeaways from the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress’s Fourth Hearing

Transparency is at the heart of our democracy, and it’s no secret that most Americans value a transparent government. However, outdated technology, partisanship, and financial interests have often made it more difficult for the public... Read More

May 6, 2019

Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress’s Former Members Hearing: 5 Takeaways

After hearing from current members and experts on past congressional reform efforts, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held its third hearing on May 1 with former members of Congress. Having left the institution, these... Read More

Apr 29, 2019

Congress Working Series: Bipartisan Lands Conservation Package

Too often, the Beltway news is driven by political division and partisan debates. Regardless, there are still pieces of legislation greatly benefitting the American people that have gone through the legislative process and been... Read More

Apr 12, 2019

Productive Partisanship: 6 Members of Congress Who Have Got What It Takes

These days, compromise appears to be a dirty word in Washington, D.C. However, the reality is that it is essential to tackling the challenges facing our nation. Is it possible to hold strong political convictions and work across the aisle... Read More

Apr 1, 2019

6 Key Takeaways: How Past Reform Efforts Can Help Transform Today’s Congress

Approximately once in a generation, there is an attempt to reform Congress. Since 1946, there have been four major reform efforts with the last one in 1993. This means that the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress has a... Read More

Mar 18, 2019

5 Key Takeaways from the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress’s Member’s Day Hearing

It is well-known that Americans are dissatisfied with Congress’s functioning, but how do members of Congress themselves feel? And what do they think can be done to fix the institution? On March 12, the Select Committee on the... Read More

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