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House Votes Against Reducing Ethics Committee Funding

June 13, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
On Friday, June 10, the House rejected an amendment to reduce its spending on its Office of Congressional Ethics…. (Read more at Medium.com) Two Congressional Research Service reports… Read More

Just How “Special” Are Special Elections?

June 8, 2016  ·  Jordan Ragusa
By Jordan Ragusa and Gibbs Knotts [Another version of the post was published on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.  Gibbs Knotts helped write this article.] On September 25th,… Read More

Register for the June 20 Meeting on Congressional Staffing

June 2, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
House Committee staff levels. Source: Lee Drutman and Steven Teles. We’ll meet in the Capital Visitors Center to discuss congressional staff. We chose this topic based upon your responses to… Read More

House Spending Data Shows Where the Staff Are

June 2, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
As DemandProgress’ Daniel Schuman reports, the House just began publishing its spending reports online as data. The House’s “Statements of Disbursement,” which show who how much money… Read More

Survey Results: Congress Is Not Well Equipped to Do Its Job

June 1, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
We received 45 responses to our survey on legislative branch capacity. The figures below display the aggregate responses, which came from Hill staff and close watchers of Congress.  Figure… Read More

Save the Date: Meeting On June 20 at 12pm

May 31, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
Please hold the date for the next meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group. We will meet on Monday, June 20 from 12 to 1:30pm in the Capitol… Read More

Academic Panel On Congressional Capacity

May 30, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
Lee Drutman and Kevin Kosar, the co-directors of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, will be on a panel titled “Assessing Congress’ Capacity to Solve Problems.” This will occur… Read More

Spending on Congressional Staff Is Less Than Lobbying Expenditures

May 30, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
“The entire House and Senate combined now spend less on staff ($2 billion a year) than corporations spend on reported lobbying ($2.6 billion a year). But since that reported… Read More

Senate Does Not Raise Staff Salaries

May 26, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
  Senate appropriators did not follow the House’s lead and increase funding for personal staff…(Read more at RollCall.com) Meanwhile, a recent report by the Congressional Research Service shows… Read More

The Legislative Branch’s Big Oversight Problem

May 26, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
The federal government has seen a century of growth. In 1915, the government had only a handful of departments, 400,000 employees (half of whom worked for the U.S. Postal… Read More