House Appropriators Approve Small Pay Raise for Personal Staff

May 25, 2016
Something remarkable happened a week ago: a committee in Congress voted to spend a little bit more money on congressional staff. Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., offered the amendment to… Read More

House GOP May Require Printing of Appropriations Amendments

May 24, 2016
“House Republicans may soon require members who wish to amend spending bills to file their proposals in the Congressional Record before a floor vote — a maneuver designed to… Read More

Last Call: Please Complete the Quickie Survey On Congress!

May 24, 2016
we want our meetings and research to focus on your interests. So please complete the survey at: It takes 3 minutes and is utterly anonymous. Thank you!… Read More

Trends in Congressional and Support Agency Staffing

May 23, 2016
Lee Drutman and Steven Teles’ article, “A New Agenda for Political Reform,” include charts showing the decline in the number of staff….(Read more at Washington Monthly). This… Read More

Strengthening Congressional Oversight Through Crowd-Sourcing

May 23, 2016
Congress has a big problem when it comes to oversight. The federal government has grown vastly larger over the past century, but Congress has done little to empower itself… Read More

First Meeting of LBCWG Draws 50+ Attendees

May 19, 2016
Rep. John Sarbanes speaks. Also pictured: Kevin R. Kosar and Lee Drutman. More than 50 staffers, think-tankers, and academics attended the inaugural meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group. Read More

Does Congress Need More Political Dynamism?

May 19, 2016
Public perceptions aside, is our legislature, in fact, a stolid governance body? Well, yes and no. In short, the House is very dynamic; the Senate…not so much. The… Read More

Does Congress Need Energized?

May 19, 2016
Christopher DeMuth notes that the executive branch, particularly in the form of the administrative state, has grown immensely. With the growth has come an increased ability to act unilaterally,… Read More

Survey of Working Group Participants

May 17, 2016
The Working Group’s research agenda will be informed by the interests of meeting attendees and followers of Legislative Branch Working Group. Thus, to gauge your views on Congress and… Read More

Reminder: First Meeting Is On Wednesday, May 18 at 12pm

May 13, 2016
Please join us for the first meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group. We meet at 12pm In Rayburn 2226. Lunch will be provided. To attend, please complete… Read More