Sep 25, 2019

Improving Budget and Appropriations: Three Takeaways from the Modernization Committee’s Ninth Hearing

Sick of federal government shutdowns over political gridlock? So are most Americans. But how do we put an end to these needless impediments? One step would be by improving the budget and appropriations Read More

Sep 16, 2019

Congress Working: 21st Century Cures Act

Divisive politics have dominated our political system for several years, and many Americans have now accepted this as the norm. However, there are still many examples of strong acts of bipartisanship across the aisle that often Read More

Sep 10, 2019

Congress Working: Music Modernization Act of 2018

Last October, Congress sang a bipartisan tune with the unanimous passage of the Music Modernization Act (MMA), one of the most significant pieces of copyright legislation in decades. Why does this matter? By bridging common goals and Read More

Sep 3, 2019

Congress Working Series: The FIRST STEP Act

Partisanship is all too common in American politics today: It’s often what first comes to mind when many citizens think about our current political processes. Despite what we hear on the news about gridlock, there have been some Read More

Aug 26, 2019

Congress’s Mid-Year Report Card

At more than halfway through the year, Congress is lagging— from floor amendments to bills being reported by committees —  especially when it comes to the cross-party cooperation that’s necessary to create forward Read More

Aug 20, 2019

Does Bipartisanship on Capitol Hill Really Exist?

Does bipartisanship in Congress exist? The short answer: Yes.   Recently, four members of Congress, including Modernization Committee Chairman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and committee member Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) Read More

Aug 12, 2019

How to Engage with Your Legislators This August Recess

August recess often gets a bad rap for being the month each year that Congress takes a break from D.C.—and its legislative work.  However, it’s also the time when most lawmakers participate in community activities and spend time Read More

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

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