Potential non-salary staffing reforms

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April 16, 2019
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       Casey Burgat, Senior Fellow, R Street Institute Reform:   Potential non-salary staffing reforms… Read More

Automatic CRs treat the symptom, not the disease

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April 15, 2019
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       Sarah Binder, Brookings Institution and George Washington University Reform:   Automatic CRs treat… Read More

Options for increasing congressional capacity on complex regulatory matters

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April 11, 2019
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       Philip Wallach, R Street Institute Reform:   Options for Increasing Congressional Capacity on… Read More

Shutdowns and their discontents

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April 9, 2019
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       Josh Chafetz, Cornell Law School Reform:   Shutdowns and their discontents Almost no… Read More

Leadership development in Congress:  Background and proposals for reform

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April 7, 2019
Please do not cite without permission of the authors. Executive Summary Both political parties in the U.S. House of Representatives follow several norms and informal practices that contribute to leadership… Read More

Congressional capacity and reform: The role of staff

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April 3, 2019
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       Tracy Sulkin, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Reform:   Congressional capacity and… Read More

Enhancing expertise and diversity in committees and staffing

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March 28, 2019
To:           The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:     Michele Swers, Professor of Government, Georgetown University Reform: Enhancing Expertise and Diversity in Committees… Read More

Fundraising requirements should not be a part of the chair/committee assignment process

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March 27, 2019
Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks, LegBranch will be posting a series of reform proposal memos by congressional scholars. These proposals will take up a range of topics, including… Read More

Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress: Member Day Hearing

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March 13, 2019
The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a Member Day hearing on March 12, 2019. Testimony from the 31 members who appeared before the committee can be viewed… Read More

Rule on start-up funding for Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress approved

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February 7, 2019
On January 29, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), chair of the Committee on House Administration, introduced H. Res. 86, “providing amounts for the expenses of the Select Committee… Read More