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Jan 2, 2020 In The News

A bit of the spirit of Dolley Madison may be quietly at work within the U.S. Congress.

The wife of James Madison, a Founding Father and later the fourth president of the United States, she is often remembered as a gracious hostess. But the “presidentress,” as she was known, accomplished much more. 

Dec 28, 2019 In The News

On Sept. 26, the House Intelligence Committee opened its first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Dec 25, 2019 In The News

While bitter partisan clashes over impeachment were consuming Capitol Hill, a small congressional task force quietly hammered out bipartisan plans to make the institution more efficient throughout the past year.

Dec 19, 2019 In The News

A day after divisive impeachment votes, a House panel approved measures intended to foster bipartisanship in the chamber, including retreats for members and families and designating Capitol spaces where lawmakers can collaborate privately across party lines.

Dec 19, 2019 In The News

With impeachment done, modernization panel looks at more civility and new technology

It’s almost like an alternate universe.

Dec 18, 2019 In The News

Modernization committee looks to improve member-elect experience

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress has spent the year canvassing state governments, academics, and members themselves for ideas on how to improve the way the House, Senate, and nonpartisan offices function.

Dec 10, 2019 In The News

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress is ready to put most of its recommendations up for a vote in the House.

Dec 10, 2019 In The News

Proposals to create a human resources department for members and staffers and to make websites more accessible are among the nearly 30 recommendations a House panel introduced to help bring the chamber into the modern era.

Nov 26, 2019 In The News

Every few decades, Congress comes to the realization that it needs to fix itself. For the last 50 years, whether due to an imminent crisis or a slow deterioration, special reform committees have been established to deliver reforms on everything from committee operations to congressional ethics.

Nov 19, 2019 In The News

As the House of Representatives marches toward a partisan impeachment, the American public can be forgiven for missing a bright spot of productive bipartisanship: the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. After an encouraging year of bipartisan committee work, the House voted last week to extend the panel for a year.