The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress Committee (“Select Committee”) was established by H.Res. 6 on January 4, 2019 and is tasked to investigate, study, make findings, hold public hearings, and develop recommendations to make Congress more effective, efficient, and transparent on behalf of the American people. The Select Committee is one of the only truly bipartisan committees in Congress, with an equal number of Republican and Democratic members.
The Members were appointed by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The Committee is helmed by Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Vice Chair Tom Graves (R-GA).
Two Members were each drawn from the House Rules Committee, the House Administration Committee, and the 116th congressional freshman class. The Select Committee is a temporary committee, originally set to expire in February 2020. The House voted on November 14, 2019 to extend the committee’s work to the end of the 116th Congress.
A first for congressional select committees, the Members release recommendations on a rolling basis throughout the year. Though the committee does not have legislative jurisdiction, on December 10, 2019 all 12 committee members introduced H.Res. 756, the Moving our Democracy and Congressional Operations Towards Modernization (MODCOM) resolution. The resolution incorporates 29 of the recommendations passed by the Select Committee to improve transparency, accessibility and communication throughout the House. The resolution overwhelmingly passed the full House on March 10, 2020. The Select Committee is set to issue a final, public report on October 31, 2020.