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 is working to fix Congress — and it’s succeeding.

The committee was established in the 116th Congress by a bipartisan vote in the House of 418-12, and was advocated for by a coalition of good government groups including Issue One. It was initially given one year to study and make recommendations for modernizing Congress. In 2020, the committee was extended by a year, and the new 117th Congress just extended it again.

During the 116th Congress, the committee issued almost 100 unanimous bipartisan recommendations to help make Congress a more functional, accessible, transparent, representative, and technologically adept institution. The proposed recommendations addressed staff retention and diversity, Congress’ ability to fulfill its Article One responsibilities, and improvements to ensure continuity of operations — just to name a few. And, in March 2020, the House voted to pass H.Res. 756, the Moving Our Democracy and Congressional Operations Towards Modernizing Resolution, which implemented nearly 30 of the committee’s recommendations.

The 12-member body, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, must approve all recommendations 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.

Issue One continues to advocate for the committee and support its work.