Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Want to shrink government? Invest in making Congress smarter

Barely one in five Americans approve of the way Congress is operating. It is overwhelmingly clear that Congress needs to do a better job of understanding complex policy issues, being responsive to communications from the American people, and overseeing the 170-some agencies of the executive branch.

Thankfully, after decades of institutional decline, Congress is finally taking steps to revitalize itself. In January, the House created the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress to help bring the Legislature into the 21st century. Additionally, the House Appropriations Committee has advanced several important reforms — one of which includes allocating funding to restart the Office of Technology Assessment, which can help Congress make more informed decisions on complex science and technology issues like encryption, cybersecurity and gene editing….(Read more)

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