House Votes to Increase Appropriations for Permanent Committees
Phillip Lohaus, Daniel Schuman and Mandy Smithberger report:
Today [March 8, 2017] the Committee on House Administration took a small but important step to restore the House of Representatives as an effective legislative and oversight body. It voted unanimously to increase funding for each permanent committee — with four committees receiving a double-digit percentage increase.
The legislative branch is appropriated 1% of the federal budget to oversee the entire federal government, with much of that going towards non-legislative functions like security and facilities. Congress is woefully underfunded to perform its legislative, oversight, and representational duties, and that has undermined its ability to serve as a check on the executive branch.