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 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 will take a more concerted effort and 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.