Congress Modernization Select Committee Approves Transparency Recommendations; Rep. Derek Kilmer Quoted

Jeff Brody
Derek Kilmer

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress accepted a set of five recommendations to increase the public transparency of the Congress' internal activity. The committee said Thursday that it will document these recommendations into a report to serve as guidance for involved groups within congress.

Recommendations include the standardization of a legislation writing format and the allotment of resources needed to complete legislation comparisons on schedule. Another recommendation emphasizes the modernization of a lobbying disclosure system for simplified disclosure tracking.

The last two recommendations push for the development of electronic hubs to centralize information on reauthorization expiration dates and committee vote counts. U.S. citizens would be able to access these hubs and view corresponding information.

“These bipartisan recommendations are just the first step towards making the legislative branch more effective and accessible for the American people," Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Tom Graves, R-Ga., said in a joint statement. Kilmer was appointed to chair the committee in January.

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