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Congress OverwhelmedThe Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform$
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Timothy M. LaPira, Lee Drutman, and Kevin R. Kosar

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226702438

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226702605.001.0001

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The Decline in Congressional Capacity

The Decline in Congressional Capacity

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Congress Overwhelmed

Molly E. Reynolds

University of Chicago Press

This chapter provides an overview of the decline of a set of correlates of congressional capacity, or observable features of the institution that should be associated with its ability to function: personnel, financial resources, and expertise and information. These correlates can and do take both partisan and non-partisan forms. Changes in these correlates have occurred concurrently with changes in the congressional workload that have also had consequences for the institution’s effectiveness.

Keywords:   congressional staff, legislative branch appropriations, congressional support agencies, Congressional Budget Office, congressional capacity, Congress

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