Undersight

Casey Burgat at R Street: The legislative branch simply does not have the levels of staff resources, funding or expertise to conduct effective oversight of the executive branch, including—and perhaps even especially—on matters of foreign affairs, intelligence and...

Budget Reform

A November 6 release from Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY): The Senate Budget Committee today approved bipartisan budget reforms sponsored by Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to fix the government’s broken budget process. The bill, S.2765...

Getting Along on Capitol Hill

Aubrey Neal and Dean Peterson at R Street: Just as all Americans are more collaborative if they participate in team retreats or other outside-of-work functions, past Congresses have fostered partnerships and productivity by encouraging members to get to know one...

Franking

Matt Glassman, who teaches in the Claremont McKenna College Washington Semester Program, testified before the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress on “Congress and the Frank:Bringing Congressional Mailing Standards into the 21st Century,” October...