Rebuilding Congress’s Policy Capacity


Rebuilding Congress’s Policy Capacity

July 11, 2020

Click here to read the full article discussing efforts to modernize Congress.

Earlier this month, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a hearing on improving staffing capacity and policy expertise in Congress. A major theme of this discussion was the historical loss of congressional staff capacity, and how to address it.

To reverse this capacity loss and implement other institutional reforms, including those advanced by the Select Committee, Congress needs more funding. A recent letter that I helped organize argued for a 10% increase, which would be a significant starting point. This would help fill near term gaps to fix buildings, upgrade IT infrastructure, and hire a few more staff.

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