It has now been twenty years since the United States altered its internal machinery in a comprehensive attempt at modernization. Its willingness, in 1946, to adopt most of the changes suggested by a congressional study committee indicated the timeliness of that reorganization. The basic areas changed were: standing committees (size,jurisdiction, membership and operating procedures); regulation of lobby groups; coordination and supervision of fiscal affairs; and the bringing of professional research staffs to Congress. Most of these modifications were quickly implemented after passage of the act.' Of those given a trial, many met the test of time and have become a part of the permanent body of rules and practices of Congress. Since that time, additional piecemeal reform of certain controversial practices in the Congress has produced a desirable effect on the responsiveness of that body. What follows will be a review of the developments which led to the adoption of some of the more effective and enduring changes.
Robert F. Sittig,
The United States Congress and Internal Reform,
20 Vanderbilt Law Review
Available at: https://scholarship.law.vanderbilt.edu/vlr/vol20/iss1/3