Committee sheet: House Committee on Armed Services

November 6, 2017
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Silencing the Senate’s watchdog: How staff cuts and churn are damaging the Senate Rules Committee

November 1, 2017
By Jean P. Bordewich The Senate Rules Committee is in crisis. The alarming statistics on its staff turnover, published by, should worry anyone concerned about creeping congressional… Read More

Committee sheet: House Committee on Agriculture

November 1, 2017
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The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration is hemorrhaging staff. Why?

October 25, 2017
At the beginning of the 115th Congress, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) took over as chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee from Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). Over… Read More

Committee Sheet: House Committee On Administration

October 24, 2017
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New Resource: Committee Sheets

October 23, 2017 Resource: Committee Fact Sheets Who is the ranking member on the House Administration committee? What are the Senate Banking committee’s key issues and what is their yearly… Read More

The Number of Hearings Is Going Down

July 6, 2017
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

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June 20, 2017
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

June 6, 2017
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?

March 20, 2017
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