Today, a remarkable 79% of Americans believe the political debate in the U.S. is “overheated and dangerous.” Another 54% of Americans also want political leaders in Washington to work together. The Congress of Tomorrow will replace distrust with confidence.
It’s no secret that our Congress needs help – and when our governing process fails to function, reform is necessary.
We need to create the Congress of Tomorrow!
We propose the creation of a new Committee on the Organization of Congress to bring about transformational changes, and in-turn, renew the American people’s faith in their congressional leaders.
This bipartisan committee will be charged with finding solutions that will make Congress work and creating a pathway for their final consideration by Congress and, when necessary, the President.
Congress already took a step towards reform when it established the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform to deal with a critical and chronic problem: the failure to adopt a budget for the government each year and appropriate the money to fund it.
The creation of the Joint Committee was a good start, but the Congress of Tomorrow requires an examination of the entire institution. It will take a longer and more concerted effort, as well as political resolve to fix our legislative branch. That is why it is critical to build on this budget reform committee by next establishing an effort with a broader mission and the political muscle to achieve change. Legislation to establish a committee to bring about this change has already been endorsed by nearly 70 members of Congress. With a new Congress right around the corner in January, NOW is the time for us to build those numbers!
We believe this fundamental overhaul is necessary to make Congress as a whole more accountable to the American people. We’ll bring Congress together, closely examine the way it works, and make vital changes to propel our nation forward… to the Congress of Tomorrow!
THE PROPOSED JOINT COMMITTEE WILL ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES OF TOMORROW:
Enable bipartisan cooperation and consensus-building to achieve legislative results
Empower congressional committees which are key to bipartisan bridge-building
Ensure robust amendment processes
Pass budgets and complete funding bills on time
Provide effective and regular oversight of federal programs