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Commemorative Bills Plunge in 113th Congr...

Commemorative Bills Plunge in 113th Congress

For all the talk of congressional dysfunction, there is a bit of good news: Congress has spent less of its valuable time passing “commemorative” legislation. For this development, we can thank Republicans and leaders in the U.S. House. Last week, the New York Times’ Derek Willis reported that this Congress has enacted far fewer bills […]

Congress and Public Opinion: Five Things You May Not K...

Congress and Public Opinion: Five Things You May Not Know

As anyone with an iota of awareness has already heard, Congress is exceedingly unpopular these days. A mere 14 percent of the public approve of the job Congress is doing. A new report by the Congressional Research Service, the legislature’s nonpartisan think tank, provides deeper explication of the problem and its causes. As indicated by […]

Federal Snow Storm Aid, Self-Government and CRS Repo...

Federal Snow Storm Aid, Self-Government and CRS Reports

The Federation of American Scientists recently posted a copy of a report titled, “Major Disaster Declarations for Snow Assistance and Severe Winter Storms: An Overview.” The document was produced by the Congressional Research Service, an agency where I worked for a decade. The report is fascinating on a few counts. First, it likely will come […]

Collection of CRS Reports Released to the Pub...

Something rare has occurred—a collection of reports authored by the Congressional Research Service has been published and made freely available to the public. The 500-page volume, titled “The Evolving Congress,” was produced in conjunction with CRS’s celebration of its 100th anniversary this year. Congress, not CRS, published it. (Disclaimer: Before departing CRS in October, I […]

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