WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Results for America praised U.S. Representatives Blake Moore (R-UT), Greg Landsman (D-OH), Rudy Yakym (R-IN) and Brittany Pettersen (D-CO) for announcing the formation of the new bipartisan Congressional What Works Caucus. The Caucus will work with lawmakers across the political spectrum to help ensure that federal taxpayer dollars are invested as effectively and efficiently as possible to improve outcomes for children, families and communities nationwide.
“We commend these lawmakers for launching the bipartisan Congressional What Works Caucus and working across party lines to help Congress improve the impact of federal investments and deliver better results for the American people,” said Michele Jolin, CEO and Co-Founder of Results for America. “Results for America is proud to support the bipartisan Congressional What Works Caucus, which will help lawmakers build and use evidence and data to make better decisions and invest in solutions that improve lives and make the best use of taxpayer funds.”
In their announcement, the bipartisan Co-Chairs of the new Congressional What Works Caucus highlighted how the Caucus will work to advance evidence-based, results-driven decision making in Congress and across the federal government:
U.S. Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT) said, “Evidence-based policy making has been at the forefront of my legislative strategy since my first day in office. As we seek to rein in wasteful spending and more effectively use our federal resources, the need for a data-driven approach in Washington has never been clearer. I am grateful to co-lead the What Works Caucus and promote efficient and effective policies that we know work.”
U.S. Rep. Greg Landsman (D-OH) said, “We have to ensure tax dollars go to support what works, which means Congress must always take a data-informed, outcomes-based approach. This caucus, and those of us pulling it together, will push for common sense and bipartisan legislation that will improve the lives of children and families back home.”
U.S. Rep. Rudy Yakym (R-IN) said, “With our nation $31 trillion in debt, it’s clear Congress needs to get serious about cutting government waste. That means using the data to evaluate which federal programs are working efficiently as intended, and as importantly, which aren’t. I am excited to help launch the “What Works Caucus” and for the opportunity to work with my colleagues in a bipartisan way to help ensure American’s tax dollars are being spent wisely, not being wasted on bloated bureaucracy.”
U.S. Rep. Brittany Pettersen (D-CO) said, “Congress needs leaders who are committed to putting forward evidence-based solutions to our nation’s problems. A data-driven approach allows us to demonstrate to people, beyond a concept or an idea, that a policy actually works and will contribute to the betterment of our country.”
The Caucus will bring together Representatives from both parties to help Congress evaluate which federal programs and policies are delivering the best results, and use evidence and data to shift federal dollars toward what works. It will also spotlight data-driven local, state, and federal efforts that are improving outcomes for residents in Ohio, Utah, Colorado and Indiana, and other states so that they can be expanded across the country.
The new Caucus will help accelerate the momentum in Congress for data-driven decision-making. It follows the introduction earlier this year of a bipartisan resolution sponsored by U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), William Timmons (R-SC), Joe Morelle (D-NY), and Dean Phillips (D-MN) to establish a new Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking to help Congress better integrate data and evidence into the legislative process. The Caucus also builds on the legacy of former U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) and the late U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), who launched the first Congressional What Works Caucus in 2019.
About Results for America:
Results for America is helping decision-makers at all levels of government harness the power of evidence and data to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Our mission is to make investing in what works the “new normal,” so that when policymakers make decisions, they start by seeking the best evidence and data available, then use what they find to get better results.