The Reality

Today, less than 2% of the bills originating in the House of Representatives become law. 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.

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!

The Future

We propose the creation of a Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress to bring about transformational changes, and in-turn, to 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 appropriate, the President.

Congress has already started to take a step towards reform by establishing 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 committee was a big step toward reforming Congress, but much more needs to be done and it cannot be done in a few months.  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 a complementary effort with a broader mission and the political muscle to achieve change.

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.

A CONGRESS REFORMED TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES OF TOMORROW WILL:

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Enable bipartisan cooperation and consensus-building to achieve legislative results

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Empower congressional committees which are key to bipartisan bridge-building

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Ensure robust amendment processes

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Pass budgets and complete funding bills on time

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Provide effective and regular oversight of federal programs


Representatives Darin Lahood (R-IL) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL), and 64 of their House colleagues, have introduced legislation (H.Con. Res 28) to establish the Joint Committee.

Congress has taken steps to reform itself in the past. And it must do so again.

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