The Number of Hearings Is Going Down
At Vox, Jonathan Lewallen, Sean Theriault, and Bryan Jones write: “We should not be surprised by the lack of Senate committee hearings on the AHCA. It… Read More
The Downsides of Using Executive Agency Detailees
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
How Executive Detailees Could Help Ease Congress’ Staffing Problems
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
Whither the Conference Committee?
Source: CSPAN3. Professors Hong Min Park, Steven S. Smith and Ryan J. Vander Wielen recently presented a monograph, “The Changing Politics of Conciliation: How Institutional… Read More
House Votes to Increase Appropriations for Permanent Committees
Phillip Lohaus, Daniel Schuman and Mandy Smithberger report: Today [March 8, 2017] the Committee on House Administration took a small but important step to restore the House of Representatives… Read More
Could Caucuses Help Rebuild Bipartisanship on Capitol Hill?
From Brookings.edu: “With the election sweep, there’s plenty of talk among Republicans about now being able to get things done. But there is also rising concern among observers… Read More
ICYMI: Fixing the Confirmation Process
Tevi Troy wrote in National Affairs: “In May 2007, when I was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as deputy secretary of Health and Human Services,… Read More
Can the House Return to Regular Order?
In The Hill, Don Wolfensberger writes: In following the election of House Speakers in recent years, it is hard to overlook the common thread of their acceptance speeches:… Read More
Do Term Limits for Committee Chairs Weaken Committees?
Photo credit: Appropriations.house.gov Yes, say professors Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman. They write in the January 4, 2017 Washington Post: Beginning in the mid-1990s, Republicans limited their chair positions to three… Read More
Experts Call Upon Senate to Stabilize Committee Staff
The Honorable Mitch McConnell, United States Senate The Honorable Harry Reid, United States Senate The Honorable John Cornyn, United States Senate The Honorable Dick Durbin, United States Senate October 18, 2016… Read More