Does Congress Want to Govern?

January 16, 2017
Over the past year, leading members of Congress have delivered some stirring mea culpas about the demise of the First Branch of Government. Speaker Ryan’s “A Better Way” agenda… Read More

Exit Earmarks, Enter Letter-marks

December 12, 2016
By Russell W. Mills and Nicole Kalaf-Hughes Summary: Our recent research on letter-marking found executive agencies and the president now have wide discretion in the allocation of projects. Read More

House Holds Hearing on the Power of the Purse

December 4, 2016
The House Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Operations and Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules convened a hearing on the power of the purse on December 1, 2016. It… Read More

Congressional Earmarks: Are We Better Off Without Them?

October 3, 2016
Source: Data for Social Science Good,  0 0 1 1399 7975 R Street Institute 66 18 9356 14.0… Read More

How Do Members Distribute Their MRA Spending?

September 12, 2016
Illustration credit: Steven John Tomisek, Blog post by Prof. Craig Goodman and Prof. David C.W. Parker In a previous post, we argued that members… Read More

Why House Members Fly Home So Often

August 25, 2016
Source: Wikipedia. Blog post by Prof. Craig Goodman and Prof. David C.W. Parker  Members of Congress are simultaneously legislators and representatives. In 1978,… Read More

Do House Democrats and Republicans Spend Differently?

July 28, 2016
Guest blog post by Philip A. Wallach and Nicholas W. Zeppos So, now the question we all love to ask these days: do the blues and the reds… Read More

What Does the House of Representatives Spend Its Appropriation On?

July 27, 2016
Guest post by Philip A. Wallach and Nicholas W. Zeppos There is a short and unsurprising answer: mostly, it spends on staff.  Personnel expenses amount to more than three-quarters of… Read More

How Does the House of Representatives Divide Its Money Between Members, Committees, and Leadership?

July 26, 2016
Guest post by Philip A. Wallach and Nicholas W. Zeppos 1.    How does the House divide its money between members, committees, and leadership? In order to think clearly about… Read More

Should We Bring Back Earmarks?

July 12, 2016
Source: Citizens Against Government Waste, Earmarks have been denounced as both wasteful and corrupt. Shortly before becoming Speaker, John Boehner declared, “Earmarks have become a symbol of a… Read More