Congress, Fix the Succession Act

October 21, 2020
The impeachment of President Trump, his recent contraction of COVID-19 and widespread concerns about a possible extended election dispute share an important feature: they all raise the remote, but real,… Read More

A new coalition to build a Congress that looks like America

September 25, 2020
Laura Maristany, the associate director of Democracy Fund’s Governance Program, shares key lessons from her own experience striving to reach senior-level positions on Capitol Hill, as well as from… Read More

Reforming the Judiciary: the Good, the Bad and the Even Worse

September 23, 2020
(This post originally appeared on The recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the forthcoming nomination of her replacement by President Trump has spurred numerous debates… Read More

Event: How to make Congress more Effective—A Conversation with the Leaders of the House Select Committee on Modernization

September 15, 2020
RSVP here. The Association of Former Members of Congress hosts a discussion with the leaders of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress today at… Read More

How Congress could get some of its power back

September 8, 2020
Dr. Molly E. Reynolds, Brookings Institution One lesson from Congress’s experience with the Trump administration is that the informational imbalance between Congress and the executive branch means that a president… Read More

Podcast: Interview with the Chairmen of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

August 25, 2020
Listen: FEDTalk interviewed Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress co-chairs, Derek Kilmer (D, WA) and Tom Graves (R, GA), along with Daniel Schuman (Demand Progress) and… Read More Beach Read: The Reports of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

August 11, 2020
Reports Adopting Standardized Formats for Legislative Documents Assignment of Unique Identifiers for Reports Filed by Registered Lobbyists Comparative Print Project Feasibility of Establishing a Congressional… Read More

ICYMI: The House Modernization Committee keeps on keepin’ on

August 5, 2020
The Modernization Committee held three virtual discussions with guest speakers to discuss staffing reform, the congressional schedule and calendar, Congressional Member Organizations (CMO’s), and staff diversity. Video of the… Read More

ICYMI: Bipartisan coalition of lawmakers introduces legislation to restore congressional war powers

July 17, 2020
From the office of Rep. Anthony Brown (D, MD): House Armed Services Committee Vice Chair Anthony G. Brown (D-MD), Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Tom Cole (R-OK), Don Bacon (R-NE),… Read More

Congress must be ready for election uncertainty

April 20, 2020
Recent polls show President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in a virtual tie in national polls. State polls show the race as a tossup. Come November, the country may… Read More