On Friday, January 4, the House voted (418-12) to establish the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. The 12 person committee was created as part of the House rules package (a section by section analysis of the rules package can be found here) and consists of six Democrats and six Republicans appointed by Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy. At least two members were to be drawn from the Rules Committee, two from the House Administration Committee, and two from the freshman class.
H.Res. 86, introduced on January 29, provided temporary funding for the committee. On February 7, the House approved the temporary funding measure by a vote of 225-193. The committee’s allocation for the remainder of year – $487,500 – was included as part of H. Res. 245.
Speaker Pelosi named Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) chair of the select committee. The other five Democrats appointed are: Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.).
Minority Leader McCarthy named Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) as vice-chair of the select committee. The other five Republicans appointed are: Reps. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.), Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), and William Timmons (R-SC).
The panel, which must issue its final report at the end of this year, is tasked with studying and making recommendations for modernizing Congress. More specifically, the committee will look at rules to promote a more modern and efficient Congress; procedures, including the schedule and calendar; policies to develop the next generation of leaders; staff recruitment, diversity, retention, and compensation and benefits; administrative efficiencies, including purchasing, travel, outside services, and shared administrative staff; technology and innovation; and the work of the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards.
Want to learn more about the Select Committee or have something to contribute? Please contact the LegBranch team.