Working with Congress

Convergence Works with Congress

The Bipartisan Working Group (BPWG), a caucus of 28 House Members who meet regularly to strengthen relationships across the aisle and advance shared policy goals, invited Convergence to provide technical assistance to the group during the 116th Congress (January 2019-2021).

Our work with BPWG grew out of our Building a Better Budget Process (B3P) project where we came to the attention of Congressman Derek Kilmer, now one of the co-chairs of BPWG. In meeting with B3P stakeholders, Rep. Kilmer was impressed with our role as a neutral facilitator as well as our ability to get disparate groups to come to agreement.

BPWG meetings focus on major policy issues before Congress. Using our diverse stakeholder network from B3P and other projects, Convergence invites experts from across the political spectrum to share their ideas on specific issues. This helps Members explore complex issues and deepen their relationships as they better understand the motivations and perspectives of interest groups and each other.

Convergence also is assisting the group with setting longer-term goals to identify what success would look like for BPWG and how to better achieve it. Funding for this work comes from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Democracy Fund.