Establish committee-based domestic policy congressional delegation trips (CODELs).
The House should create bipartisan opportunities for Members to learn more about the federal programs within their committees' jurisdictions. Domestic CODELS would allow Members to have substantive, off-camera conversations about their policy areas, while getting to know each other on a bipartisan basis. As Jason Grumet, President of the Bipartisan Policy Center, testified to the Committee:
“One of the most effective and practical opportunities to build shared knowledge and trust among Members are bipartisan fact-finding trips. In recent years, these critical opportunities have been unfairly stigmatized as junkets. Congressional leadership, committee chairs and ranking Members must confront this characterization and actively encourage lawmakers to take educational trips together.”
Jason Grumet, September 26, 2019
In order to strengthen Congress’ deliberative capacity, Members must have practical opportunities to forge relationships. Domestic, policy-based CODELs allow Members to learn together, share knowledge and experiences, and develop lasting professional and personal bonds.