Are Senators Struggling to Legislate?

July 13, 2017
Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman write at the Washington Post: “Republican senators are struggling with how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Is it just a tough… Read More

ICYMI: House Votes to Time-Out the Authorization for Use of Military Force

July 12, 2017
P.L. 107-40 , which delegated significant military authority to the executive. At The Week, Anthony L. Fisher reports: “Last week, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) submitted an amendment into the House… Read More

ICYMI: Nominations Create a Crush of Work for the Senate

July 10, 2017
Source: RollCall.com Despite the historically dilatory pace of nominee submission by the Trump administration, processing and considering new nominees really taxes the Senate. Sean McMinn reports, “There are presently 442… Read More

House Clerk to Unveil New, Improved Website

July 7, 2017
The House’s Clerk is soon to unveil a handsome new website with features including: Live House floor video; Daily legislative activity (floor summary, bills, votes, and committee meetings); and… Read More

Ditching the Filibuster Won’t Save the Senate

July 6, 2017
James Wallner writes at the Library of Law & Liberty: “The Senate is broken, but eliminating the filibuster is only likely to exacerbate the underlying causes of the… Read More

1950s Control Tactics Can’t Manage Today’s Freewheeling Senators

June 27, 2017
Mike Mansfield, master of a different Senate. James Wallner writes in the Federalist: “Healthy institutions require effective leadership. This is evident in the dysfunction surrounding the health-care debate in… Read More

ICYMI: What CBO’s Score of the Health Insurance Bills Tells Us About the Budget Process

June 19, 2017
Yuval Levin writes at National Review: “The CBO is not politically biased. But its work is beset by challenges that run much deeper than that: They are structural, and… Read More

One More Bit of Good News About Congressional Capacity

June 14, 2017
Within the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was authorized to establish senior level positions “to meet critical… Read More

ICYMI: The Washington Post Takes Up Congressional Capacity

June 13, 2017
Max Ehrenfreund writes: “With so much work to do, even a veteran lawmaker steeped in the details of public policy could struggle to keep it all straight. For the… Read More

Legislative Branch Support Staffing Down 45 Percent Since 1975

May 30, 2017
Brookings’ Curtlyn Kramer writes: “Less discussed in a conversation about U.S. government personnel is the legislative branch, where Congress also relies on a large staff to support its… Read More