Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress
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United States House of Representatives
117th Congress
History
FormedJanuary 4, 2019
Leadership
ChairDerek Kilmer (D)
Vice chairWilliam Timmons (R)
Structure
Seats12
Political partiesMajority (6)
  •   Democratic (6)
Minority (6)
Jurisdiction
PurposeInvestigate, study, make findings, hold public hearings, and develop recommendations to make Congress more effective, efficient, and transparent on behalf of the American people.
Senate counterpartNone
Website
modernizecongress.house.gov

The House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress is a select committee that was established by H.Res. 6 on January 4, 2019, and is tasked to investigate, study, make findings, hold public hearings, and develop recommendations to make Congress more effective, efficient, and transparent.[1][2] The Select Committee is a bipartisan committee, with an equal number of Republican and Democratic members.[3]

H.Res. 6, which was introduced by Rep. Steny Hoyer, was approved by an overwhelming majority of 418–12.[4] Following the installation of the inaugural 12 members, interest was expressed from the left-leaning Demand Progress, the Republican-aligned Congressional Institute and the nonaligned Bipartisan Policy Center.[5] For its part, Roll Call commented that:

The committee offers evidence of lawmakers’ own angst with the legislative body’s waning power and dwindling resources. It also highlights concerns on and off Capitol Hill about the revolving door between Congress and K Street, where, because of high turnover, lobbyists often wield more institutional knowledge and policy gravitas than congressional aides.

— Kate Ackley, Roll Call[5]

The Select Committee, was originally set to expire in February 2020; however, the House voted on November 14, 2019, to extend the committee's work to the end of the 116th Congress. On January 4, 2021, the House once again officially reauthorized the Select Committee for the 117th Congress.[2]

Although the Select Committee does not have legislative jurisdiction, it has regularly released recommendations to the House.[2] On December 10, 2019, the Select Committee members introduced H.Res.756 which incorporates 29 of the recommendations passed by the Select Committee to improve transparency, accessibility and communication throughout the House. The resolution was passed with a 395–13 vote.[6]

Members, 117th Congress

Majority Minority

Historical committee rosters

116th Congress

Majority Minority

References

  1. ^ Hoyer, Steny. "H.Res.6 - Adopting the Rules of the House of Representatives for the One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, and for other purposes". Congress.gov. Library Of Congress. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "History". Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. U.S. House Of Representatives. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  3. ^ "Membership". Select Committee on the Modernization on the Congress. U.S. House Of Representatives. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  4. ^ Targeted News Service (January 12, 2019). "How Maine's members of Congress voted last week". Portland Press Herald. MaineToday Media. ISSN 2689-5919. Archived from the original on May 13, 2022. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Ackley, Kate (February 19, 2019). "Outside influences seek to remake 'This Old House'". Roll Call. FiscalNote. ISSN 0035-788X. Archived from the original on July 4, 2020. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  6. ^ Kilmer, Derek. "H.Res.756 - Moving Our Democracy and Congressional Operations Towards Modernization Resolution". Congress.gov. Library Of Congress. Retrieved October 7, 2021.