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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

October 10, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Frank O. Bowman, III, “White House Letter Distorts Both Law and History on Impeachment,”, October 9, 2019. “The White House letter of October 8 refusing all executive… Read More

Shared employees in the U.S. House: Who are they, and what do they do?

October 9, 2019  ·  Nick W. Zeppos
Members of the House are permitted to have 18 permanent employees and 4 additional employees–including interns, part-time employees, shared employees, temporary employees, and employees on leave without pay… Read More

Adding capacity to House member offices: Who, what, how?

October 8, 2019  ·  Nick W. Zeppos
Congressional reformers frequently urge the House of Representatives to expand its capacity by expanding its staff, which has consistently shrunk over the last three decades. Often reformers are… Read More

Senate shouldn’t cut an impeachment trial short

October 7, 2019  ·  James Wallner
After intense speculation over what could happen if the House impeaches President Trump, Mitch McConnell conceded this week that the Senate would have no choice but to hold… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

October 4, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Come to our Capitol Hill event on Tuesday: Time for an upgrade: Getting better tech for Congress. Lorelei Kelly, author of “Modernizing Congress, Bringing Democracy into the 21st Century,”… Read More

Congressional diversity and pay: The Speaker’s data vs. Legistorm’s

October 2, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat
Last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team released the results from its 2019 Compensation and Diversity Study of congressional staff. The study, administered by the House Chief Administrative… Read More

APSA Task Force Memorandum: Congress, Technology, and Innovation

October 2, 2019  ·  Claire Abernathy, Kevin Esterling, and Marci Harris
To: The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From: Claire Abernathy, Stockton University; Kevin Esterling, University of California, Riverside; and Marci Harris, POPVOX Reform: Congress, Technology, and Innovation A Report… Read More

The Senate can’t ignore impeachment

October 1, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Sourced: USDA photo by Lance Cheung. Recent reports that Senate Republicans could give “the Merrick Garland treatment” to articles of impeachment passed by the House are incorrect. The Senate’s… Read More

Should the Senate be abolished?

September 30, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Nine months into 2019, the Senate looks to some observers like little more than a vehicle for approving nominees. “Where’s the debates and lawmaking?” they wonder. Prof. Julia Azari (Marquette… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads —and listens— on Congress

September 27, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Casey Burgat, “Impeachment: What happens now?”, September 25, 2019 “Political observers and talking heads were quick to point out that Pelosi’s announcement did not answer important questions… Read More