Modernizing Congress

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In January 2019, a nearly unanimous bipartisan vote of 418-12 in the U.S. House of Representatives established the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, with both Democrats and Republicans recognizing that it was time for Congress to revamp the institution to be more responsive to and representative of the American people's needs and aspirations.

I was chosen by Republican Leadership in the House to be the Select Committee's Vice Chair, alongside Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) as Chair. The Select Committee is one of the only truly bipartisan committees in Washington, with an equal number of Republican and Democratic members. 


"The sole authority of the Select Committee shall be to investigate, study, make findings, hold public hearings, and develop recommendations on modernizing Congress, including recommendations on:

(A) rules to promote a more modern and efficient Congress;
(B) procedures, including the schedule and calendar;
(C) policies to develop the next generation of leaders;
(D) staff recruitment, diversity, retention, and compensation and benefits;
(E) administrative efficiencies, including purchasing, travel, outside services, and shared administrative staff;
(F) technology and innovation; and
(G) the work of the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards."

You can keep up with the Select Committee's work to reform Congress on Twitter and Facebook @ModernizeCmte. If you have ideas on how to make Congress work better for you, you can email ModernizeCongress@mail.house.gov or Rep.Tom.Graves@mail.house.gov

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