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Fixing Congress means more staff pay and member budget sway, House panel concludes

Its nickname has been the Fix Congress Committee, and it has sustained an unusually bipartisan effort by House members to make their workplace a bit more functional. On Thursday it wrapped up work by endorsing 40 more ideas — including on such politically dicey topics as Capitol Hill's spending on itself and lawmakers steering federal spending toward home.

The panel has been something of a pet project for good-government groups inside the Beltway, who engineered its creation two years ago, pelted it with ideas and prodded it toward consensus.

For these democracy reform advocates, the formula for quelling Washington gridlock and poisoned partisanship includes boosting a legislative branch that's fallen way behind in balance-of-power struggles — and that won't happen until Capitol Hill is more functional, a place where politicians and their aides actually want to work for a few years and have realistic hope of getting something done.

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Vote's threatened by more than the virus, report reminds: Don't forget cyber attacks.

Going into this election year, states had set side some of their own funds and an infusion of federal cash for bolstering election security. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit, officials were forced to use some of that money for more immediate public health concerns.

So how do election officials ensure the right cybersecurity protections are in place, while also navigating the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis? Two good-government groups, the Alliance for Securing Democracy and the Bipartisan Policy Center, offer guidance and best practices in a report released Wednesday.

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Marshalling Resources for Voting

Organizer: Bipartisan Policy Center

America's election officials are scrambling to administer upcoming elections during an unprecedented pandemic. Federal assistance is desperately needed to adjust to new realities on the ground. Congress has appropriated $400 million through the CARES Act for emergency election security grants, a critical infusion of cash for election administrators. Will states and local administrators receive the funds in time to use them this fall? How will states use this funding? Will it be enough for elections to administered safely and legitimately? States have various needs spanning from security upgrades to procuring envelopes in anticipation of an influx in mail voting.

Join Bipartisan Policy Center Elections Project Director Matthew Weil as he leads a panel discussion about how the U.S. Election Assistance Commission is working with state and local officials to distribute federal funds and provide key resources to protect America's voters and voting systems. Weil will be joined by two EAC Commissioners as well as state and local election administrators.

Location: Webinar

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