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September 24, 2021

House Select Committee Continues to Examine How Practicing Civility, Collaboration, and Leadership can Empower Members of Congress

Today, Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Vice Chair William Timmons (R-SC) of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") held a hearing on how to empower members of Congress to approach policy making through civil and collaborative leadership despite growing polarization. The hearing, titled "Pathways to Success: How Practicing Civility, Collaboration, and Leadership Can Empower Members," featured experts in the fields of leadership development, workplace … Continue Reading


July 29, 2021

Select Committee Passes First Set of Bipartisan Recommendations in the 117th Congress

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") passed its first set of recommendations in the 117th Congress, following the Committee being extended through this Congress. This package of recommendations follows multiple hearings that investigated how Congress can better serve the American people by professionalizing internships and fellowships, increasing staff capacity, retaining a diverse and representative workforce, and ensuring accessibility for all … Continue Reading


July 21, 2021

ICYMI: Select Committee Holds Hearing on Enhancing Committee Productivity

Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Vice Chair William Timmons (R-SC) of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") held a hearing titled "Enhancing Committee Productivity." The hearing featured two panels which included members of Congress, former congressional committee staff, and a congressional scholar to explore opportunities to foster collaboration and productivity in the work of committees. "Committees are supposed to be the place where important policy work … Continue Reading


June 25, 2021

ICYMI: Select Committee Holds Second Hearing to Improve Civility and Cooperation in Congress

Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Vice Chair William Timmons (R-SC) of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") held a hearing to examine ways to foster civility and collaboration in Congress to combat the high levels of polarization that the institution currently faces. During the hearing, titled "Rethinking Congressional Culture: Lessons from the Fields of Organizational Psychology and Conflict Resolution," members heard from experts in organizational … Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Select Committee Examines Ways to Build A More Civil and Cooperative Congress

Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Vice Chair William Timmons (R-SC) of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") held a hearing to examine efforts to improve collaboration and civility in Congress and to understand better the various factors and societal trends that have contributed to the high levels of polarization in Congress."This is the first organization in which I've worked in that does not have a widely embraced mission or set of goals. Congress often feels … Continue Reading


May 27, 2021

Select Committee Tackles House Accessibility Hurdles in Hearing

Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Vice Chair William Timmons (R-SC) of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") held a virtual hearing to explore the hurdles Americans face in working for the House or engaging with Congress. "For the House to fulfill its charge of transforming public opinion into public policy they need to be able to hear from all the people they represent, but access to Congress is not universal," said Kilmer. "The physical barriers to access … Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Modernization Committee Names Derek Harley as Republican Staff Director of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) and William Timmons (R-SC-04), Chair and Vice Chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee"), today announced the appointment of Derek Harley to serve as the new Republican Staff Director of the Select Committee. A veteran congressional staffer with more than 20 years of policy, management, and campaign experience, Mr. Harley most recently served as Senior Vice President of Federal Affairs at Shumaker Advisors … Continue Reading


April 15, 2021

Modernization Committee Holds Member Day

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") held its 2021 Member Day hearing with 25 Members of Congress. Democrats and Republicans testified virtually to share a wide variety of ideas to improve and modernize the legislative branch, and help Congress fulfill its Constitutional role as a co-equal branch of government. Topics included: Rules to promote a more modern and efficient legislative body. Procedures, including adjusting the schedule and … Continue Reading


January 26, 2021

Kilmer Names Yuri Beckelman as New Staff Director of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee"), today announced the appointment of Yuri Beckelman to serve as the new Staff Director of the Select Committee. A veteran congressional staffer with more than 15 years of policy and management experience on Capitol Hill, Mr. Beckelman most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Representative Mark Takano (D-CA) and as Senior Advisor to the … Continue Reading


January 04, 2021

House Extends Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, Adopts Committee Recommendations

House Adopts Rules Package to Reauthorize Select Committee in 117th Congress, Implement Changes Recommended by Select Committee in 116th Congress Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted the Rules of the 117th Congress, reauthorizing the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") and implementing a number of changes recommended by the Select Committee in the 116th Congress. The extension allows the Select Committee to continue its work … Continue Reading


December 21, 2020

Modernization Committee Extended Through 117th Congress

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") will be extended through the 117th Congress. Created by an overwhelming bipartisan vote at the beginning of the 116th Congress, the Select Committee was tasked with crafting recommendations to make Congress work better. Over the last two years, under the leadership of Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Vice Chair Tom Graves (R-GA), Democrats and … Continue Reading


October 14, 2020

Select Committee Releases Final Report with 97 Recommendations to Make Congress Work Better for the American People

Report published by GPO using new XPub technology Washington, D.C. - Today the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") released its final report, which details the committee's 97 recommendations and findings made during the 116th Congress to make Congress work better for the American people. The report is available to view on the Select Committee's new microsite designed to highlight each section of the report, which can be seen here. Throughout the 116th … Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

Chair Kilmer Urges House to Adopt Committee Recommendations for 117th Congress

Washington, D.C. - Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA) testified today before the U.S. House Committee on Rules about the recommendations the Select Committee has made to improve House operations. The Rules Committee hosted a Member Day Hearing on Proposed Rules Changes for the 117th Congress. Chair Kilmer shared a number of the recommendations passed by the Select Committee and how these bipartisan ideas to improve the House rules … Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Select Committee Passes Final Round of Recommendations to Make Congress Work Better for the American People

Fifth package would help reclaim Congress' Article One responsibilities, improve the congressional schedule and calendar, boost congressional capacity and reform the budget and appropriations process Washington, D.C. - Today the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") passed its fifth and final package of recommendations to make Congress work better for the American people. 40 new recommendations were passed, which aim to help Congress reclaim its Article One … Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Select Committee joins Stubblefield Institute to talk modernizing Congress

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Vice Chair Tom Graves (R-GA) joined The Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications to discuss the Select Committee's work. Established in 2019 as part of The Shepherd University, The Stubblefield Institute is committed to "bringing divergent viewpoints together in constructive debate and authentic dialogue in order to foster greater civic engagement and responsibility." The Chair and Vice Chair … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Select Committee Unanimously Approves Fourth Round of Recommendations

Washington, D.C. - Today the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") unanimously passed 12 new recommendations aimed at improving continuity of operations in Congress. This was the fourth package of recommendations passed by the Select Committee. Since many congressional offices began teleworking in March due to the global pandemic, the Select Committee has held six virtual discussions with guest experts. In a number of the discussions, the Members and … Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Committee Approves Key Modernization Initiatives and Priorities

Language echoing five Select Committee recommendations included in FY21 funding bill Washington, D.C. - The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress today applauded the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations' passage of the FY 21 Legislative Branch funding bill, which included a number of key provisions investing in the long term modernization of the legislative branch. There are five items that directly correlate to recommendations and requests made by the Select Committee. These … Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

House Administration and Modernization Committees Publicize Reports to Improve Congress

Washington, D.C. - Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Vice Chair Tom Graves (R-GA) announced that the congressional reports from the Select Committee's ongoing work will be made public. The reports - mandated by legislation passed in March - detail how the Select Committee's recommendations could be implemented in the legislative branch. The … Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Select Committee Hosts Virtual Discussion on Boosting Internal Expertise in Congress

Yesterday the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") hosted a virtual discussion to examine the importance of congressional staff expertise, and the role that Congressional Member Organizations (CMOs) play in providing Members with additional information and resources to assist them in their policy making and representational roles. The Select Committee was joined by Lee Drutman, senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New America Foundation; Paul … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Select Committee Hosts Virtual Discussion with American Political Science Association Task Force

Today the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") hosted a discussion with members of the American Political Science Association (APSA) to discuss ongoing recommendations for congressional reform, with a specific focus on congressional capacity, the need for a diverse congressional staff, and the congressional schedule and calendar. Last year following the creation of the Select Committee, APSA created the Task Force on Congressional Reform, comprised of more … Continue Reading

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