Yes, writes Marci Harris and her team at PopVox…. (Read more at LegBranch.com)
Is the 114th Congress Getting Things Done?
- Six Quick Takes On President Trump... — #1 Thank you for making your speech short. Really, the days when folks enjoyed hearing long orations have passed. #2 I am glad you thanked the Obamas for being “magnificent” to you during the transition. Offering “gracious aid” to an incoming president is part of the orderly transfer of government. I hope you’ll be as helpful when [...]
- How the Coming Republican Congress Co... — For the better part of eight years, Republicans have tried to stop the Obama administration from issuing new regulations. They have not had much success. But this may well change in January, when President-elect Donald Trump arrives in the Oval Office. Congress’ primary regulation-whacking tool is the Congressional Review Act (CRA), a bipartisan statute enacted [...]
- Does Congress Finally Get That Busine... — Nearly everyone is gobsmacked by last night’s election results. But should we really be so surprised? No, because a significant portion of the public has been down on the federal government for a long time. Candidates for the presidency have been running as change-agents for decades. Jimmy Carter was the first of the recent outsider [...]
- A Case for Stronger Congressional Com... — With congressional partisanship at record highs and congressional approval ratings at record lows, the First Branch should consider reform. Two recent white papers (one analyzing the House, the other the Senate) cast light on the nature of the problem. Together they suggest that much power has shifted to the chambers’ leaders, and the legislature has [...]
- Congress’ Tendency to Cannibali... — Why is Congress loath to increase its staff, and sometimes eager to cut it? Anthony J. Madonna and Ian Ostrander take up this question in a recent conference paper, sardonically titled “A Congress of Cannibals: The Evolution of Professional Staff in Congress.” The authors analyze history and data in an attempt to determine why, despite a one-third growth in [...]