BPC Action Applauds Modernization Committee for Newly Introduced Legislation, Urges House to Act Swiftly in Government Reform

BPC Action applauds the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress for introducing legislation, the Moving Our Democracy and Congressional Operations Towards Modernization (MODCOM) Resolution of 2019, to advance its nearly 30 bipartisan recommendations. This resolution addresses both the needs of the chamber and, most importantly, the American public it serves and would help create a more efficient, transparent, and effective governing body.

Among the committee’s recommendations are two key areas where the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) has long called for improvement: the recruitment, development, and retention of a highly skilled congressional workforce; and the reinforcement of bipartisanship in training and orientation. These proposals are critical to bringing these processes into the 21st Century, allowing Congress to better serve the American people by giving lawmakers and staff the tools and work environment they require to be more effective.

BPC Action thanks Modernization Committee Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Vice Chair Tom Graves (R-GA), and members of the committee for their ongoing work across the aisle to improve the institution and looks forward to the panel’s continued efforts through the 116th Congress. We now look to the House to move this legislation forward swiftly.