The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress
Everything you need to know about the latest bipartisan select committee dedicated to ending dysfunction in Congress and modernizing its operations
The modernizing committee has the best opportunity in decades to help fix Congress — if its members are up to the challenge.
The committee was established in the 116th Congress by a bipartisan vote in the House of 418-12. The 12-member body — split evenly between Democrats and Republicans appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy — has one year to study and make recommendations for modernizing Congress, which then must be approved by two-thirds of its members. Two members on the committee also serve on the Rules Committee, two serve on the House Administration Committee, and two are from the freshman class. It will formally terminate on February 1, 2020.
Learn more about the modernizing committee:
- Six key moments at the first hearing to modernize Congress
- How past reform efforts can help transform today’s Congress
- House leaders need to modernize Congress
- ‘Dead billionaires’ and a tech Peace Corps? Lawmakers float ideas to fix Congress
- Modernizing committee unanimously passes first transparency reform measures
Watch their public hearings:
- First hearing: More than 35 sitting members of Congress (including leadership) testified (March 12)
- Second hearing: Congressional reforms of the past and their effect on today’s Congress (March 27)
- Third hearing: Former members of Congress — all ReFormers — testified on how Congress is broken (May 1)
- Fourth hearing: Recommendations for making legislative information more transparent (May 10)
- Business meeting: Modernizing committee unanimously passes proposed recommendations on transparency (May 23)