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 As constituent engagement with Congress increases, outdated technology, mass email campaigns often make it difficult for these important communications to Read More

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

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