House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Jokes aside, could Congress function if something wiped out a lot of members?

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress is looking at whether the body could function if a natural or manmade disaster took out large numbers…

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Night falls at the the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, with the deadline to fund the government approaching. Republicans in the Senate are poised to stall a must-pass funding bill as they force a debate on rolling back the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandates for some workers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Some members of Congress are working to make things more civil, in a Congress that works better

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(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. To enact President Joe Biden’s expansive domestic agenda this year, Democrats have mapped out a convoluted legislative maze. The party wants to push the new president's multitrillion-dollar plans for supercharging federal infrastructure, climate change and social programs through a Congress in which they have only paper-thin majorities. GOP opposition is certain to be solid. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

House staffers could now make more than the representatives they work for

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Committee to reform House is off to a running start in the 117th Congress

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(AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteFILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo dark clouds and heavy rain sweep over the U.S. Capitol in Washington. At least a government shutdown is off the table. But as lawmakers straggle back to Washington for an abbreviated pre-election session, hopes are fading for a pandemic relief bill, or much else. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

House Modernization Committee issues last round of recommendations

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House Modernization Committee approves continuity of operations recommendations

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Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., left, speaks with Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)

Will the coronavirus be the push Congress needs to modernize long-standing inefficiencies?

Proxy voting with or without quorum, video hearings, limiting member travel and maintaining social distancing at the Capitol have required lawmakers to…

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A workman walks through the empty corridors of the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill as lawmakers negotiate on the emergency coronavirus response legislation, in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Modernization committee leaders weigh in on continuity of operations, reopening

The chair and vice chair of the select committee on the modernization of Congress have been exploring best practices to reopen federal offices.

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Auditors not sure about expanding USPS services

In today’s Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office says adding those functions could increase operation costs, and decrease the efficiency of its mail and package delivery.

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