Aug 6, 2019

Hear the News? The Modernization Committee Passed Its Second Set of Recommendations!

Right before heading out for August recess, the Modernization Committee hit another milestone: passing its second set of recommendations! It’s no secret that Congress is behind the times when it comes to technology and processes, and... Read More

Jul 30, 2019

Tech Talk: What Can Congress Learn from the States?

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress recently examined legislative technology innovations found in state legislatures to learn how Congress could implement similar strategies to improve its legislative process. Read More

Jul 23, 2019

Want a More Effective Congress? Strengthen Congressional Committees

As the clock ticks on the work of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress and lawmakers prepare to return home for the August recess, the panel should begin to explore an issue critical to the functioning of Congress:... Read More

Jul 19, 2019

Congress Working: Congressional Committees, The Legislative Engines of Congress

Congressional committees are a vital component of a functional legislative process.  They are responsible for debating and amending bills before they are presented to the larger legislative bodies of the House of Representatives and the... Read More

Jul 17, 2019

Fostering the Next Generation of Leaders: Setting Up Members of Congress for Success

To serve Americans and the country better, lawmakers must have the tools and functional work environment they need to succeed. Yet, many members of Congress face a variety of basic barriers in having what... Read More

Jul 11, 2019

Committee Chat: Q&A with Modernization Committee Chairman Kilmer and Vice Chair Graves

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... Read More

Jul 1, 2019

It’s Time for Congress to Reflect on Our Founding Fathers’ Vision this July Fourth

As Fourth of July festivities begin to kick off, now’s the time to reflect on civility and compromise as core roots of American governance. Despite holding often vastly differing and passionate views, America’s Founding Fathers... Read More

Jun 25, 2019

Cultivating Diversity and Retaining Staff on Capitol Hill: Five Takeaways

To continue its push for modernization, Congress will need to step up its game when it comes to recruitment, retention, and diversity among staff. As it is, Congress struggles to compete with the private sector. Staff turnover on... Read More

Jun 17, 2019

Congress Working: Congressional Schedule

Since 2007, the House of Representatives has averaged 123 working days in Washington per year while the Senate has had an average of 144 days per year. This schedule isn’t conducive to an efficient legislative process. Not only... Read More

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

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