Fixing Congress

FY22 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill a step forward but misses key opportunities to strengthen the Senate

This week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations released its fiscal year (FY) 2022 Legislative Branch funding bill. This appropriations package includes the items approved by the House in H.R. 4346 — its funding bill released in June — and adds $1.1 billion in funding for the operations of the Senate.  While it makes investments in the institution of Congress,

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Issue One, joined by former members and leading organizations, calls on Congress to address vulnerabilities and ensure continuity of all three branches

Issue One today sent a letter to congressional leadership calling on Congress to address the urgent and dangerous vulnerabilities to the continuity of all three branches of government. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks twenty years ago, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Brookings Institution came together to form a Continuity of Government Commission, which found that none of the

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“Staff are the backbone of Congress,” Issue One applauds move to increase staff pay, bolster HR resources

Today, the Office of the Speaker announced that the House of Representatives will be raising the maximum salary for staff, in tandem with the House Committee on Administration announcing the creation of a Human Resources Hub tasked with helping offices “hire, develop, and retain staff.” Following these announcements, Issue One’s Executive Director, Meredith McGehee, issued the following statement:  “Staff are

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Issue One joins leading groups in thanking the Modernization Committee for key reforms that are strengthening Congress

This week, Issue One joined 21 organizations and congressional experts in thanking the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress for the recent modernization reforms that have advanced through the House appropriations process.  Since its inception, the Select Committee worked in a bipartisan manner to ensure that Congress has the resources, capabilities, and support systems necessary to serve the American

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Issue One applauds new congressional modernization recommendations, “Americans deserve a responsive legislative branch that is able to meet the challenges of our modern democracy”

Since its inception in January 2019, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress has remained one of Congress’ least told examples of productive bipartisanship. Today, the twelve members of the Select Committee came together, once again, to issue 20 new recommendations designed to attract and retain capable staff, support interns and fellows on Capitol Hill, and ensure equal access

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Issue One joins other organizations and experts in calling for a study on current benefits available to House staff

This week, Issue One joined 17 organizations and congressional experts urging the U.S. House of Representatives’ Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to conduct a study on the current benefits available to House staff. The letter supports the recommendations outlined by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries, and Committee on House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren,

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FY22 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill strengthens and modernizes Congress

Today, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations released its draft fiscal year (FY) 2022 Legislative Branch funding bill. Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement:  “The COVID-19 pandemic, a national reckoning over racial injustice, and the January 6 siege of the Capitol have strained our democracy, underscoring the need for a strong, well-prepared Congress. Americans expect and

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Issue One urges Congress to strengthen the legislative branch by supporting congressional staff and establishing a January 6 commission

Last week, Issue One participated in a webinar organized by Demand Progress to offer public witness testimony for Congressional appropriations lawmakers and staff in support of recommendations made by the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress to make the body more capable, representative, and effective. This event was organized in lieu of in-person testimony due to the ongoing pandemic.

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In new congressional testimony, Issue One urges Congress to strengthen the legislative branch

Today, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee submitted written testimony to the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, calling on congressional leaders to strengthen Congress and build a legislative branch that is capable, representative, transparent, and resilient.  McGehee’s testimony focused on Congress’ ability to attract and retain a diverse and capable staff. McGehee expressed concern about congressional brain drain

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