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

Why Do We Need Legislative Process?

May 8, 2017
Source: J. Ottmann Lith. Co. after Charles J. Taylor, 1894. Source:  U.S. Senate . Listen to the University of Georgia’s Prof. Anthony J. Madonna and George Washington University’s… Read More

House Legislative Branch Appropriations Open Hearing, May 3, 2017

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May 3, 2017
To its great credit, the House’s legislative branch appropriations subcommittee held an open hearing where anyone with an interest in legislative branch spending could have their say. This is… Read More

The omnibus is here! And some things to clear up about congressional budget politics.

May 2, 2017
By Joshua C. Huder Originally published at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University House and Senate leaders will push through an omnibus spending package this week. The bill… Read More

GovTrack’s Written Testimony to the House of Representatives on Public Access to Legislative Information

May 2, 2017
This week, the House’s Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee will hold a hearing. In anticipation, Joshua Tauberer has published online the testimony he submitted. Tauberer, who founded GovTrack.US… Read More

An Uncomfortable Reality… Congress Needs More Staff

May 1, 2017
At the Ripon Society Forum, Kevin R. Kosar writes: Mark Twain famously remarked, “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat… Read More

Video of Meeting On: Does Congress Have the Capacity It Needs In Foreign Affairs?

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April 20, 2017
The Constitution assigns Congress the power to declare war, fund the military, approve treaties and regulate commerce with other nations. Yet, over the past century presidents have taken the leading… Read More

Is the Legislative Filibuster in Danger?

April 19, 2017
According to Roll Call‘s David Hawkings, no. He writes: “Even as he was setting the launch codes for neutralizing the power to filibuster potential Supreme Court justices, the only… Read More

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures: CR edition

April 17, 2017
By Joshua C. Huder Next week, the government will run out of money to stay open. And in typical fashion, Congress has left itself an insanely small window to pass… Read More

Prof. Josh Chafetz: The Filibuster Was Already Dead before the Senate Went Nuclear

April 10, 2017
Cornell Law School Professor Josh Chafetz writes in the Washington Post: “[T]he truth is, there’s less to the theatrics than meets the eye. The filibuster for Supreme Court nominees… Read More