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Mod (Com) Squad: The people modernizing Congress

Political Theater, Episode 249

Chairman Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., right, and vice chair William R. Timmons IV, R-S.C., attend the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress meeting on Dec. 8, 2021. The two have developed a collegial working relationship that has produced tangible results.
Chairman Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., right, and vice chair William R. Timmons IV, R-S.C., attend the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress meeting on Dec. 8, 2021. The two have developed a collegial working relationship that has produced tangible results. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Reps. Derek Kilmer and William R. Timmons IV are under no illusion about the challenges to making Congress a more modern and efficient institution. But as the leaders of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, the two are walking the walk: pursuing a bipartisan approach and setting an example for how to work together for the public interest.

“Congress has been described as an 18th century institution using 20th century technology to solve 21st century problems,” Kilmer likes to say. But he and Timmons and their colleagues on the panel are making measurable progress in a way that the rest of the legislative branch could learn from.

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