Why members of Congress should get a raise, whether they deserve it or not

July 3, 2019
You’ve surely heard the old line, “The best Congress money can buy.” Typically, it’s said sardonically. In the classic formulation, it’s not your money doing the buying. It’s special interests… Read More

Are permanent appropriations the fix the budget process needs?

June 26, 2019
As Kevin Kosar discussed recently, political scientist Andrew Taylor has a new proposal, outlined in the latest issue of National Affairs, to reform the appropriations process by shifting… Read More

Permanent appropriations: Might they improve the budget process?

June 17, 2019
If you have not read Prof. Andrew Taylor’s article in the latest copy of National Affairs, you should. It is… Read More

Testimony: Congressional staff

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April 2, 2019
Written testimony of Casey Burgat Senior Governance Fellow, R Street Institute Before the House of Representatives Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee… Read More

Enough of our budget farce

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March 26, 2019
he Trump administration’s new budget is fake news. That isn’t because it fails to live up to its grandiose title: “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First.”… Read More

Letter in support of increased funding for the Legislative Branch in FY2020

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March 21, 2019
Re: FY 2020 302(b) Allocation for the Legislative Branch Dear Chairwoman Lowey, Ranking Member Granger, and members of the committee: On behalf of the undersigned bipartisan group of civil society… Read More

No, getting rid of Congress is not a clever idea

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February 20, 2019
Congressional majorities and President Donald Trump disagreed about how much money ought to be used to extend barriers running along our nation’s southern border. Their disagreement led to a partial… Read More

Video: America’s longest shutdown

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February 13, 2019
LIVESTREAM:: America's Longest Shutdown @jiwallner, Charlie Bolton in @senrobportman's office, @julia_azari. https://t.co/l7WBznoJxZ — R Street Institute (@RSI) February 12,… Read More

Senate and House Legislative Branch subcommittee members appointed

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January 22, 2019
The Legislative Branch subcommittees of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees contain several newcomers in the 116th. Newly elected Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) will chair the subcommittee on… Read More

Human capital and institutional decline in congressional appropriations committees

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December 17, 2018
The new, divided Congress about to be seated in January will feature one of the most reform-minded freshman classes in recent congressional history. As Congress considers sweeping electoral and institutional… Read More