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New resource on war powers resolutions reporting

March 7, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
New York University Law School’s Reiss Center on Law and Security has created this new resource. To aid in oversight (congressional, scholarly, media, etc.), the site compiled all the… Read More

ICYMI: Reps. Kilmer and Graves speak on bipartisan recommendations to improve Congress

March 7, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar

Broad coalition urges House appropriators to raise staff compensation

March 6, 2020  ·  Casey Burgat
March 4, 2020 Hon. Nita Lowey, ChairwomanU.S. House Committee on AppropriationsThe Capitol, Room H-307Washington, D.C. 20515 Hon. Kay Granger, Ranking MemberU.S. House Committee on AppropriationsThe Capitol, Room H-307Washington, D.C. 20515 Hon. Tim… Read More

Creating useful transparency: How I learned to love sunlight and built the Spending Tracker

March 5, 2020  ·  Jonathan Bydlak
Next week is Sunshine Week, a “nationwide celebration of access to public information,” and it’s a rare point of agreement across the political spectrum that more transparency and accountability… Read More

The underfunding of the First Branch

March 4, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
Source: Demand Progress. From 1995 to 2020, spending on the legislative branch has lagged, according to a recent analysis by Demand Progress. Funding for Congress is a rounding… Read More

Budget wonk Jonathan Bydlak joins R Street Institute

March 3, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
Source: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ. This week, Jonathan Bydlak joined the R Street Institute to head its new Fiscal and Budget Policy Project. “Jonathan brings deep expertise in… Read More

Coalition urges Congress to reclaim war powers

March 2, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
Source: The Hill reports: A coalition of 20 advocacy groups from across the political spectrum are joining together to urge Congress to “restore the balance of national… Read More

The Senate is broken because senators broke it

February 28, 2020  ·  James Wallner
Something broke the Senate. It no longer legislates, and its members are frustrated. Reflecting the mounting dissatisfaction with the status quo, a bipartisan group of 70 former senators recently published… Read More

Why the House needs a new technology working group

February 27, 2020  ·  Claire Abernathy, Kevin Esterling, and Marci Harris
“The time has come to use advanced electronic data processing techniques in the legislative processes of Congress.” – Rep. Jack Brooks (D, TX), 1969. The House of Representatives cannot… Read More

ICYMI: 70 former senators declare that Congress is failing in its duties

February 26, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
The Washington Post ran this letter from 70 former Democratic and Republican senators: An open letter to the U.S. Senate: Congress is not fulfilling its constitutional duties. Much of the… Read More