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Enhancing expertise and diversity in committees and staffing

March 28, 2019  ·  Michele Swers
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

March 27, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
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

Enough of our budget farce

March 26, 2019  ·  Philip Wallach
he Trump administration’s new budget is fake news. That isn’t because it fails to live up to its grandiose title: “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First.”… Read More

Polarization in the Senate isn’t going away

March 25, 2019  ·  Ryan Williamson
The U.S. Senate has become increasingly dysfunctional in recent sessions, prompting posts like this one from Josh Huder and this one from James Wallner. This institution, historically recognized… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

March 22, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
Jordain Carney, “Senate GOP poised to go ‘nuclear’ on Trump picks,” The Hill: “Senate Republicans are set to hit the gas on confirming hundreds of President Trump’s nominees by muscling… Read More

Letter in support of increased funding for the Legislative Branch in FY2020

March 21, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
Re: FY 2020 302(b) Allocation for the Legislative Branch Dear Chairwoman Lowey, Ranking Member Granger, and members of the committee: On behalf of the undersigned bipartisan group of civil society… Read More

You can take a congressperson outta Washington …

March 21, 2019  ·  Maya Kornberg
Last week the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held its first hearing. One of its tasks is to recommend ways to reform congressional procedures. Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.),… Read More

New R Sheet: Post-cloture debate time for presidential nominations

March 20, 2019  ·  James Wallner, Kevin Kosar
Key Points: 1) Republicans can speed up the confirmation process by enforcing the Senate’s current rules and practices. 2) Strictly enforcing the provisions of Rule XXII limits the amount… Read More

GAO versus the ghost of OTA: Who will win the science and technology assessment race?

March 20, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Hardly anyone would argue that Congress is well equipped to make technology policy. Very few members are techies, and let’s face it, innovation is hurtling forward at a mind-blowing pace. Read More

The national tide falls short in the U.S. Senate

March 19, 2019  ·  Carlos Algara
On the same night that Democrats celebrated a 40-seat pickup in the U.S. House of Representatives, they failed to gain control of the U.S. Senate. Faced with the highest number… Read More