SEVEN PERCENT OF THE HOUSE, or 32 Members, spoke at a Member's Day hearing of the Fix Congress Committee, held on Tuesday, with 35 members submitting written testimony. (Video, Witness statements). The 3 hour hearing, which followed the committee's organizational meeting that adopting committee rules, is too complex to recap, but we summarized the subject matter in this spreadsheet. FWIW, I … Continue reading Forecast for March 18, 2019. The seven-per-cent solution.
IT'S SUNSHINE WEEK, devoted to all things transparency, and there are a ton of Congress tie-ins. On the House floor, set for a vote this week, are: the Access to Congressionally Mandated Report Act (which requires all agency reports sent to Congress to be online on a central website); the Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2019 (to improve transparency of the … Continue reading Forecast for March 11, 2019. The Not at SXSW Edition.
The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) has the mission of ensuring public access to our elected officials while protecting members of Congress and the Capitol campus. The USCP is well resourced, with a $450 million budget — a little larger than the budget for the police department serving Austin, Texas, which has a population of 950,000 … Continue reading A Look at the US Capitol Police
The House Intelligence Committee has scheduled its organizational meeting for this Wednesday, but by setting the meeting as "closed" and holding it where it is inaccessible to the public and press, it is in violation of House rules. House Rule XI (2)(g)(2) on open meetings requires that business meetings be open to the public (including … Continue reading House Intel Should Follow House Rules and Keep Its First Meeting Open to the Public
Committee funding in the House of Representatives is accomplished through a somewhat quirky process. Appropriators in the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Committee set a top dollar amount for the committees — they appropriate the funds — but it is the Committee on House Administration that provides (i.e. allots) the funds to each committee on a … Continue reading How House Committees Get Their Money
TOP LINEAnd we're (almost) back. The 116th Congress starts on Thursday. It's common for members to introduce legislation on the first day (237 bills were introduced in the House on day one in the 115th). But — and this is unusual timing — it looks like the House will pass an appropriations bill to end the partial government shutdown on day … Continue reading Forecast for December 31, 2018. Party Like It’s 2019.
THE TOP LINE Naughty or nice. Congress is still in session, so here's a little something to read if you're still hanging around. Shutdown. For the first time in years, the House and Senate got their approps work done on time and five bills enacted into law. But instead of pushing for the remaining seven, they … Continue reading Forecast for December 24, 2018. Naughty or Nice.