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Webinar Series: Modernizing Congress: Progress and Prospects


Please note that the first part of this series, ‘Fix Congress’ Committee, was previously scheduled for this Wednesday, April 21. It has been rescheduled to Monday, May 10.

Congress is an underperforming institution—hindered by its own self-divestment, defied by Democratic and Republican administrations, and struggling to navigate deepening political polarization. The seeds of a turnaround were planted when the House of Representatives formed the bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress during the 116th Congress.

Two years later, and with the committee’s work extended for the 117th Congress, this three-part series will examine key performance measures of the legislative branch, what has been accomplished toward making Congress work better for the American people, and what an agenda for future improvement looks likes.

May 10 | 1:15-2 p.m. ET |‘Fix Congress’ Committee: The bipartisan leadership of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress will discuss the committee’s successes in the 116th Congress and potential areas where the committee will focus its attention in the 117th.

Featured Participants

Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
Chair, Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Rep. William Timmons (R-SC)
Vice Chair, Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Register here.

May 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET | Measuring Congress: Experts will present key measures of the institution’s performance in areas such as the legislative process, diversity and representation, oversight, and members’ effectiveness in advancing their legislative proposals.

Dr. LaShonda Brenson
Senior Fellow of Diversity and Inclusion, The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Molly Reynolds
Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution

Jamie Spitz
Assistant Policy Director for Bipartisan Governance, The Lugar Center

Craig Volden
Co-Director, The Center for Effective Lawmaking

Register here.

May 27 | 12:15-1 p.m. ET | Congress Overwhelmed: Experts will chart the history and causes of Congress’s dysfunction, and present new research and perspectives on areas primed for upgrades.

Kevin R. Kosar
Resident Scholar, The American Enterprise Institute

Kris Miler
Associate Professor, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

Register here.

In light of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, BPC events have shifted to all remote formats, such as video teleconferences or calls.

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