Might Congress enact a compromise to end earmarks as we know them?

For the past several years, there have been murmurings on Capitol Hill about possibly bringing back earmarks. Now it appears possible that the scandal-tainted earmarks of old may never come back. This week, a congressional committee advocated establishing a “community-focused grant program.” It would authorize up to 1 percent of

Congressional reform grinds forward

Today, the House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress released a slew of recommendations to upgrade the chamber. Taken as a whole, these reforms would increase the chamber’s capacity to get things done by better focusing its work schedule, revitalizing congressional committees, and making repairs to the

Senate report fails to clarify why USPS delivery performance dipped

This week, Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee released a report that hammers Postmaster General Louis Dejoy. The title says it all, “Failure to Deliver: Harm Caused by Louis DeJoy’s Changes to Postal Service Mail Delivery”…. (Read more)

Could the pandemic hobble the US Postal Service?

This year, nearly 35,000 postal workers have missed work due to being quarantined, according to data from the US Postal Service (USPS). That amounts to more than 5.5 percent of the agency’s workforce of 625,000. Some of these employees tested positive for coronavirus; others were removed from work because they

The Post Office’s Secret Weapon to Keep Mail-In Ballots Secure

This year perhaps half the votes cast in November, as many as 60 million ballots, will be requested and cast by mail — more than twice as many as in the 2016 presidential election. This means that the integrity of this election will be in the hands of the U.S.

Presidential powers, and why Robert Jackson matters

I had the pleasure of interviewing Louis Fisher about his new article on Robert Jackson. Los was a colleague of mine at the Congressional Research Service many years ago…. (Read more)

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