How much gets spent on the legislative branch?

January 31, 2020
The FirstBranch Forecast has done yeoman’s work to cull “all of the spending bills for the last quarter-century and lined up the spending items in a downloadable spreadsheet. Now… Read More

APSA congressional reform task force report

January 21, 2020
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Hearing on growing government, diminishing congressional capacity, and strengthening Congress

January 15, 2020
The Select Committee on the modernization of Congress held a hearing yesterday. The topic was “restoring capacity and equipping Congress to better serve the American people.” Posted below… Read More

Restoring fiscal conflict

December 9, 2019
Near the end of Ayn Rand’s dystopian novel, Atlas Shrugged, the discredited regime representing the United States Government announces the “John Galt Plan for Peace, Prosperity, and Profit” in a… Read More

When Congress was great: Reforming Social Security

December 3, 2019
Lost amid the impeachment fight and election contests, an epochal moment in the history of America’s welfare state is coming in 2020: For the first time since 1982, the Social… Read More

Checks and imbalances: Investment disparity between Congress and the presidency

November 19, 2019
Three coequal branches of government, each continuously serving as an effective check on the others. That was and is the theory, the ideal, and the goal of the American… Read More

Senate Budget Committee reports budget reform legislation

November 15, 2019
S. 2765, Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act Bill text is at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/2765/text Cosponsors: Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Angus King (I-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC),… Read More

Testimony on zombie programs, aka unauthorized appropriations

October 31, 2019
Written testimony of Kevin R. Kosar Vice President of Policy, R Street Institute Before the U.S. Senate, Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs,… Read More

Video: Can budget reform revive Congress?

September 19, 2019
The budget process is a wreck. The president’s budget arrives to Congress dead as a doornail. Congress only sometimes even adopts a budget. And all too often there… Read More

ICYMI: Examining the case for biennial budgeting

September 18, 2019
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