It seems as if Congress has a committee for everything, even though it doesn’t accomplish all that much these days.
There might be grounds for optimism, however. This year Congress set up a panel that’s focusing on how to knock the institution itself back into shape.
If Rep. Tom Graves had a magic wand to fix one aspect of Congress, he would make lawmakers and their families live in Washington and get to know each other.
“If we all spent more time together, and our children spent more time together, I think you would see less yelling and rock throwing at one another,” he said in an interview.
"Well," says Derek Kilmer glancing over at Tom Graves. “That was a downer.”
Washington, D.C. – Today the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Select Committee”) held a hearing to explore recommendations for promoting civility and encouraging more collaboration in Congress.
As impeachment and partisan politics rage on Capitol Hill, one congressional panel spent Thursday morning brainstorming ways to promote civility and collaboration among lawmakers.
In recognition of their bipartisan work, innovative leadership and ongoing recommendations to improve the way Congress functions, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Select Committee”) was honored with the Leadership Now Award.
In an era when polls show head lice is more popular than Congress, something unusual is happening in Washington. Twelve politicians from all ideological stripes are regularly getting together to address serious problems, demonstrate mutual respect and make unanimous recommendations about improving our democratic institutions.
Today the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Select Committee”) held a hearing to examine budget and appropriations process reform in Congress. Last year, the Joint Select Committee (“Joint Select Committee”) on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform was tasked with producing bipartisan recommendations to significantly reform the current funding process in Congress.
State legislators who move on to Congress find one of their jobs unexpectedly and sometimes maddeningly difficult: the simple act of reading a bill.
Congress is a basket case.