The Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit and nonpartisan is launching the Alliance for Congress. This is a new initiative that is specifically dedicated to helping Congress become a more effective institution by investing in its own capacity to tackle big issues facing the nation and to better serve the public good. This new venture builds on the Partnership for Public Service’s mission to make government work better.
Alliance: New Partnership for Public Service Launch
Alliance for Congress, another nonpartisan initiative, is designed to help Congress deliver results on critical issues, pass legislation with bipartisan support, foster collaboration between the legislative and executive branches, and cultivate a professional, dedicated and diverse workforce. The Alliance for Congress will also drive forward-looking solutions and build on what Congress does well so that is better equipped to meet the challenges of today and in the future. The Alliance for Congress comes at a critical time with division in the country high and trust for public officials low.
“Congress is at a tipping point,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “The symptoms of polarization and the dysfunction in the House and Senate are ubiquitous, and it has resulted in a dynamic that makes it extremely difficult for members of Congress to be effective stewards of the institution in which they serve. Every day, members of Congress and their staff are addressing our country’s urgent problems under difficult circumstances. However, these enormous long-standing and emerging challenges demand that we rebuild the capacity of Congress. The Alliance for Congress will help the legislative branch strive toward a future where our diverse nation feels well-served and represented by a governing body that effectively solves problems.”
Focusing on The Why Behind Congress
Working collaboratively with individuals and organizations, the Alliance will offer insights into why a well-functioning Congress matters, recognize what it does well, elevate new and diverse voices, foster forward-looking conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion when it comes to people who serve in Congress and the policy decisions they make, and provide critical resources to lawmakers and staff to help them build a more effective institution.
“Strengthening Congress will require action on many fronts, and it is only possible by working with a diverse group of organizations and individuals who are committed to supporting a well-functioning Congress,” said Jeff McNichols, director of the Alliance for Congress. “By amplifying the efforts of our allies, the Alliance for Congress aims to help Congress honor its mission and work to improve its capacity to better serve the public good.”
In conjunction with the initiative’s launch, the Alliance for Congress today released its first research report, “Serving the People: Congressional Staff Perspectives.” The new study examines how congressional staff view the effectiveness of Congress