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It’s time for Congress to help the Congr

It’s time for Congress to help the Congressional Research Service 

During my two decades in Washington, D.C., I have met innumerable current and former Hill staffers. When I mention that I worked for more than a decade at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), I almost inevitably get an ebullient response. “Oh, I love CRS. They have saved my bacon so many times.” These Hill veterans are […]

Believe it or not, some legislators are ...

Believe it or not, some legislators are hard at work

Last week, a bipartisan delegation of legislators went to California to meet with big tech companies. The visit was led by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.) who chairs the House of Representatives Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party. Their meetings with Apple, Microsoft and other industry heavies focused on trade, intellectual property, technology and related […]

Put the people back in the People’s Hous

Put the people back in the People’s House

The Social Security Administration’s latest report confirms that retirement benefits will have to be cut in 12 years. Far more money is going out of Social Security than is coming in. Over the next three decades, benefits will outstrip revenues by $21 trillion. Congress needs to do something or retirees will face a 23% cut […]

One thing Congress can do to help save t...

One thing Congress can do to help save the U.S. Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service lost $1 billion last quarter, according to the agency’s most recent financial report. This is particularly distressing news because this red ink came during the holidays’ peak mailing season.  The losses stem partly from inflation driving up operating costs: Gasoline, worker compensation and just about everything costs more. The bigger problem was […]

Can the U.S. Postal Service survive in t...

Can the U.S. Postal Service survive in the 21st Century?

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) reported delivering 11.7 billion mailpieces and packages over the recent December holidays. Its delivery time averaged a mere 2.5 days, an improvement on last year’s 2.7-day delivery time. The Postal Service delivers to 163 million addresses scattered over the country’s 3.7 million square miles, as well as to Puerto Rico, […]