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Legislation the Could Unlock Gridlock – and Help Congress Function Again

By Beverly G. Hudnut

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A wise person once observed that the biggest room in any house is the “room for improvement.”

It would be an understatement to suggest that there is “room for improvement” in how Congress functions. There’s hope for improvement: on September 29, 2016, Reps. Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) introduced legislation to establish a Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress. The intent of the Joint Committee is to create a structure and provide a vehicle for Congress to improve procedures and processes.

To encourage their efforts, BPC hosted a Hill event on March 28 that featured LaHood and Lipinski. The bipartisan duo discussed their proposed legislation to strengthen and protect Congress’ legislative capacities, thus improving the functioning of Congress.

Watch LaHood and Lipinski discuss their reform legislation to strengthen and protect Congress’ legislative capacities.

The event also featured a panel discussion featuring the director of BPC’s Democracy Project, John Fortier, and BPC Fellow Don Wolfensberger. Please click here to watch.        


Also published on Medium.

KEYWORDS: JOHN FORTIER, DON WOLFENSBERGER, DAN LIPINSKI, 115TH CONGRESS, DARIN LAHOOD