Should Congress Bring Back Pork?

February 23, 2017
The University of Chicago’s Adam Chan certainly thinks so. He writes: “Congress passed a bill banning earmarks in 2010 with a rare combination of bipartisan support and President Obama’s… Read More

Should We Have a Long-term Budget for Entitlements?

February 22, 2017
Federal law treats Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other entitlements as “mandatory” spending programs, which means they are not subject to the annual appropriations process like the rest of… Read More

Want Your Member to Testify for Strengthening the Legislative Branch?

February 8, 2017
Then promptly let the House’s Legislative Branch Subcommittee know by this Friday. Full details are below. HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEELegislative Branch Subcommittee INSTRUCTIONS FOR MEMBERS TESTIFYING AND… Read More

Earmark Ban Fosters Lettermarks

January 30, 2017
The R Street Institute released a new policy study by Bowling Green State University Profs. Russell W. Mills and Nicole Kalaf-Hughes that found a rise in lettermarking occurring after… Read More

Why Process Matters in Congressional Appropriations

January 29, 2017
Image credit: Congressional Institute, By C. Jarrett Dieterle As past legislative sessions have come to a close amid threats of a government shutdown, we’re forced to wonder:… Read More

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