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Casey Burgat

Senior Fellow, Governance Project, R Street Institute

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Five legislative styles of members of Congress

November 20, 2017
Workhorses are but one of the sorts of legislator. Source: WestCoastHorsemen.com . Even the most casual observer of American politics recognizes stylistic differences between members of Congress (MCs) and how… Read More
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The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration is hemorrhaging staff. Why?

October 25, 2017
At the beginning of the 115th Congress, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) took over as chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee from Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). Over… Read More
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Data show how bad turnover was in Rep. Tim Murphy’s office

October 25, 2017
The well-known impetus for Rep. Tim Murphy’s (R-PA) forced retirement from Congress later this month was the bombshell revelation that he urged his mistress to undergo an… Read More
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New LegBranch.com Resource: Committee Sheets

October 23, 2017
LegBranch.com Resource: Committee Fact Sheets Who is the ranking member on the House Administration committee? What are the Senate Banking committee’s key issues and what is their yearly… Read More
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New LegBranch.com Resource: How Wealthy Are Our Representatives?

October 3, 2017
Graphic created by Trey Billing, @TreyBilling It likely wouldn’t surprise anyone, much less a congressional scholar, to learn that most members of Congress are wealthier… Read More
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Congress May Be More Bipartisan Than You Think

August 8, 2017
At the Library of Congress’s Congress and History conference, political scientists James Curry and Frances Lee presented their working paper “Non-Party Government: Bipartisan Lawmaking and Theories… Read More
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What’s in the FY2018 House Legislative Branch Appropriation?

July 9, 2017
On June 29, the House Appropriations Committee approved fiscal year 2018 appropriations via voice vote. The bill calls for $3.58 billion of funding for House and joint-chamber… Read More
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The Downsides of Using Executive Agency Detailees

June 20, 2017
In a previous post, I recounted the advantages of using executive detailees as a means of combatting staffing shortages on Capitol Hill. In short, agency detailees can serve as… Read More
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One More Bit of Good News About Congressional Capacity

June 14, 2017
Within the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was authorized to establish senior level positions “to meet critical… Read More
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How Executive Detailees Could Help Ease Congress’ Staffing Problems

June 6, 2017
Source: Russell Mills and Jennifer Selin, 2017. It is becoming more widely acknowledged that Congress has a staffing problem. While the executive branch employs more than 4 million people,… Read More