Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

“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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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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Issue One welcomes the renewal of the House modernizing committee

Today, Speaker Pelosi announced that the House will renew the bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress for the 117th session. In response, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement:  “Issue One applauds Speaker Pelosi’s decision to renew the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. In these highly divisive times, the American people desperately need

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Select Committee on Modernization releases final report with 97 bipartisan recommendations to help fix Congress

Americans looking for signs that their elected representatives can actually represent them and be responsive to their needs should be pleased to learn about the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress’ final report, which was issued last week and contained 97 bipartisan recommendations that were adopted unanimously.  This report is the culmination of two years of work by the

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Modernization committee approves bold, bipartisan recommendations to improve Congress

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement in the wake of the news that the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress unanimously approved 40 new recommendations today to improve Congress for the American people: “With this strong package of recommendations, the modernization committee has built upon its earlier momentum to dig deep into innovative solutions to

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Changing Congress as America changes

Note: This piece first appeared on the Federalist Society’s “Modernization of Congress” blog Working in Congress both as a Senate staffer and Member from Indiana solidified my long-held belief that our first branch of government serves as the true reflection of the needs, dreams, and aspirations of the American people. There is simply no other way to ensure our mutual

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