House extends Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress for another year

House extends Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress for another year
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The House voted to reauthorize the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress for another year on Thursday. 

The panel — which was established at the start of the year to investigate, hold hearings and make recommendations on rules to modernize the legislative branch in areas including diversity, staff recruitment, procedures and technology — has received broad bipartisan support including from members of the Republican Study Committee and the New Democrat Coalition. Lawmakers of both groups sent a letter to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAn insecure America and an assertive China The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - House to pass relief bill; Trump moves to get US back to work Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA —US now leads world in known coronavirus cases | Unemployment claims soar by over 3 million | House to vote on stimulus Friday | Ventilator shortage sets off scramble MORE (D-Calif.) last week calling for its extension.

The committee does not produce legislation and rule recommendations require a two-thirds majority to establish new policies. 

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Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle applauded the extension. 

“It’s important to get Congress working better on behalf of the American people. That’s what the Select Committee is about. It’s why we’ve already passed nearly 30 recommendations, and it’s why we’re working on additional reforms,” Chairman Derek KilmerDerek Christian KilmerWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Hillicon Valley: Judge approves T-Mobile, Sprint merger | FTC to review past Big Tech deals | State officials ask for more cybersecurity help | House nears draft bill on self-driving cars Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to combat cyberattacks on state and local governments MORE (D-Wash.) and Vice Chairman Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesThe Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached Republican Tom Graves announces retirement from House Lawmakers skeptical of progress on spending deal as wall battle looms MORE (R-Ga.) said in a statement. “We are grateful to our colleagues, House leadership, civic groups and the American people for seeing the value of this work and ensuring the progress continues over the next year.”

Since the committee was established earlier this year, it has held 12 hearings and made 29 recommendations aimed at improving transparency, retaining staff and improving access for people with disabilities.