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.