[The] main areas of consensus concerned ways to improve congressional capacity through increased personal and committee staffing, as well as expanded funding for existing support agencies and / or new support entities. Staff retention should also be encouraged with higher compensation, standardized benefits, and improved professionalization and training opportunities. We also had broad agreement on a range of initiatives to improve staff diversity. The task force also reached agreement on two reforms with respect to the budget process: eliminating floor votes on the debt limit and reinstituting earmarks. Finally, there was a consensus in favor of greater institutional attention to the evaluation and deployment of new technologies to enhance both constituent communications and Congress’s internal operations.
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Congressional Capacity and Reform
From the American Political Science Association Task Force on Congressional Reform: