CONGRESS IN BRIEF • The Approps minibus will hit the House floor this week. Several hundred amendments were offered for Rules Committee consideration, including 38 for leg branch; H. Rules meets Monday at 5 and again on Tuesday. Anyone offering amendments to stop the member pay adjustment from taking place should read this and then find something useful to do instead. Don’t just … Continue reading Forecast for June 10, 2019.Leg Branch Approps goes to the floor; modernizing the contempt process; and improving constituent communications
CONGRESS IS BACK FOR THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS. Buckle up, it’s gonna be bumpy. The Scylla and Charybdis of our odyssey will be Appropriations and the Trump investigation(s). It’s possible that the Trump administration’s refusal to meaningfully cooperate with subpoenas and accede to requests to testify will become fused to the appropriations process, as appropriations … Continue reading Forecast for April 29, 2019. It’s off to work we go.
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