Full Committee Hearing

Enhancing Committee Productivity

Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Time: 01:30 PM Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building


The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress will hold a hearing titled “Enhancing Committee Productivity through Consensus Building,” on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. in 2360 Rayburn.


Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), both senior House members, worked together to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, which was later signed into law. The passage of this bill was widely considered a bipartisan victory due to its scope and unanimous support in committee.

Jenness Simler served as professional staff on the House Armed Services Committee from 2005 through 2017.  Most recently, she served as Staff Director of the committee, as well as Deputy Staff Director for 4 years.  In these roles, Ms. Simler was the senior advisor to the committee chairman - responsible for strategic planning and operations of the committee, leading the staff, and delivering the annual defense policy bill.

Warren Payne served as a senior staff member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, and the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. In his roles, he led the development and implementation of committee and organization priorities.

E. Scott Adler is Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder whose research examines congressional agenda setting and committee power. He is the author of Why Congressional Reforms Fail: Reelection and the House Committee System.

See the full transcript of this hearing at the link below: