The National Archives Presents Program on Congress June 1
Press Release · Thursday, May 25, 2017

Washington, DC

Congressional Review: Can Congress Function at its Highest Level?

Washington, DC —  The National Archives will host a program titled: “Congressional Review: Can Congress Function at its Highest Level?” on Thursday, June 1, at 7 p.m. This event will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater, and is free and open to the public. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.  The building is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. ​The event will stream live on YouTube.  

In the past, leaders from the House and Senate have come together to study the health of the institution, make recommendations, and subsequently update internal organization and procedures to fit with the times. The Legislative Reorganization Acts of 1946 and 1970 both strengthened Congress considerably. Moderated by A.B. Stoddard, associate editor and columnist RealClear Politics, a distinguished panel will discuss if Congress is due for an internal review, and willing to look inward.  The panel includes Former Members of Congress Bob Walker (R-PA), and Steve Horsford (D-NV); Current House Chief of Staff to Rep. Lipinski (D-IL) - Eric Lausten; and Former Senate Chief of Staff to Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) - Kate Dickens.  Presented in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, the Aspen Institute, the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, the Democracy Fund, the Congressional Institute, and the Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative.

Related records at the National Archives

The National Archives Center for Legislative Archives preserves and makes available to researchers the historical records of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Through its public outreach programs, the Center uses these historical records to promote a better understanding of Congress and the history of American representative government.

Located in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, the Center for Legislative Archives maintains a Research Room to provide on-site reference assistance to researchers ranging from Congressional scholars and historians to attorneys looking for legislative intent and genealogists searching for individual petitions and claims.  In the research room, the Center maintains published source material on Congress including the Journals of the House and Senate, the Congressional Record (and its predecessors the Globe and the Annals of Congress), Guide to the U.S. Serial Set, CIS Indexes, as well as other works on the history of Congress. More online.  





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