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Reps. Lipinski and LaHood Applaud Creation of Committee to Reform Congress

Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) today voted in favor of Title II of the 116th Congress Rules Package, which includes pieces of legislation they previously sponsored to create a committee charged with investigating ways to reform Congress so it works more efficiently and effectively. The House approved creating the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress on a vote of 418-12.

Rep. Lipinski, a former American Government professor, said the way Congress operates today is nowhere near what our framers envisioned.

“When I taught American Government I was always pointing out that the Constitution established Congress in Article I, before the executive and judicial branches, because the drafters understood the critical importance of Congress leading in our representative democracy,” said Lipinski. “Congressional dysfunction increasingly turns more power over to the president and to the courts, which takes power away from the people.  Congress needs reform so it can function as it was intended. I thank my friend and colleague Rep. LaHood for leading this charge with me to return power to the American people and look forward to helping the committee meet its goals.”

The legislation approved Friday will create a Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, which will be comprised of twelve members, six Democrats and six Republicans. The Committee will be charged with investigating and a studying options for modernizing the legislative process and is required to file a final report at the end of the first session of the 116th Congress.

In both the 114th and 115th Congress, Reps. Lipinski and LaHood introduced legislation to establish a Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress.