Links and Resources

RCI Recommendations for Change

First big bipartisan vote establishes House select committee on modernizing Congress.

Representative Derek Kilmer and Representative Ken Buck “Dear Colleague” letter.

“Dear Colleague” letter from fmr. Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and fmr. Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) in support of rules reform.

Rebuild Congress Initiative Bipartisan Member Proposals for the 116th Congress.

Op-ed: Reformers in Congress must work together to make it more productive and responsive by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO).

Op-ed: Do you want to drain the swamp? Then start investing in Congress by Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee.

Op-ed: Where hope for Congress lies by RCI’s Bruce Patton.

Op-ed: House leaders need to modernize Congress for the sake of America by Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee.

There are many existing recommendations for how Congress could improve its operations. Some more recent reports include:

Bipartisan Policy Center Commission on Political Reform. Governing in a Polarized America: A Bipartisan Blueprint to Strengthen Our Democracy (2015)

Katherine M. Gehl and Michael E. Porter. Why Competition in the Politics Industry Is Failing America: A Strategy for Reinvigorating Our Democracy (2017)

Various reform proposals were assessed by academic specialists in this report:

FairVote. Comparative Structural Reform: Assessing the Impact of 37 Structural Reforms (2016)

State solutions to some of the problems faced by the federal government are catalogued in this report:

Lawrence M. Noble for Issue One and The Campaign Legal Center. Blueprints for Democracy: Actionable Reforms to Solve Our Governing Crisis (2015, updated 2017).