Press Releases

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


June 08, 2020

Select Committee Members Host Virtual Discussion on Congressional Staffing Reforms

Washington, D.C. - Last week the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress "Select Committee" held a virtual discussion with outside guests to discuss staffing reforms on Capitol Hill. This was the fourth virtual discussion hosted by the Select Committee in the last month. Casey Burgat, director of the Legislative Affairs program at the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, and Kathryn Pearson, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Select Committee Members Host Virtual Discussion

Washington, D.C. - The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") held a virtual discussion with two guests to discuss best practices and identify the challenges facing district staff while working remotely, and what steps federal agencies are taking to protect employees once they return to work in an office environment. Peter M. Weichlein, Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), and Kristine Simmons, Vice President for … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Select Committee Hosts Virtual Member Discussion

Washington, D.C. - The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Select Committee") held a virtual discussion with two guest speakers to discuss the importance of committee continuity and how to continue working effectively on behalf of the American people during the ongoing global pandemic. The Select Committee met virtually with Marci Harris, CEO of PopVox, and Beth Simone Noveck, Director of The Governance Lab and Chief Innovation Officer for the State of New Jersey. The Members … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Legislation to Reform Congress Passes House

Text was introduced and championed by the committee's twelve bipartisan Members of Congress Washington, D.C. - Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress' ("Select Committee") bipartisan legislation to make Congress more effective, efficient and transparent. H.Res.756, the Moving our Democracy and Congressional Operations Towards Modernization Resolution ("ModCom"), includes nearly 30 of the recommendations made by the Select … Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

ICYMI: Chair Kilmer & Vice Chair Graves Speak on House Floor

Washington, D.C. - In case you missed it, Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Vice Chair Tom Graves (R-GA) participated in a Special Order on the House floor yesterday to highlight the work of the committee and detail the recommendations that have been unanimously passed thus far. Key excerpts from each member's speech as prepared can be seen below. The full clip can be viewed here. Chair Kilmer: "I rise today to speak about the work of the Select … Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Select Committee Holds Hearing to Examine Congressional Debate and Deliberation

Washington, D.C. - Today the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Select Committee”) held a hearing to explore the impact of increased political polarization and partisanship on Congress’ ability to execute the Article One principle of debate and deliberation. “Article One: Fostering a More Deliberative Process in Congress” was the second hearing this year aimed at exploring ways Congress is not satisfying its constitutional obligations, and how that effects legislating. “We … Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Select Committee Examines Article One Capacity

Washington, D.C. - The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Select Committee”) today held a hearing to explore ways to boost Congress’ current capacity and ensure it is meeting its obligations and duties as outlined in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. “Article One: Restoring Capacity and Equipping Congress to Better Serve the American People,” examined why over the past several decades the executive branch has expanded in size and scope of power, while the legislative … Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Recommendations Passed by Select Committee Implemented by Franking Commission

Today the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress applauded new updates to the official House Communications Rules and Procedures, which include a number of improvements to constituent communication introduced and passed by the Select Committee last month. The new updates, listed below, will go into effect today. The Select Committee worked closely with the Committee on House Administration and the House Commission on Mailing Standards to craft recommendations that would allow for … Continue Reading

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