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  • Executive Memorandum posted June 19, 1995 by Dan Greenberg Pay Freeze and Staff Cuts Needed to Perfect Reformist LegislativeAppropriation Bill

    This week, the House of Representatives will consider the Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill for FY 1996. The bill will provide systemic congressional reforms as important as any yet enacted, including spending cuts, privatization, and abolition of unnecessary offices and functions. The only significant reforms the bill fails to address are a pay freeze for…

  • Backgrounder posted May 16, 1995 by Dan Greenberg Slashing Congressional Spending, Part I:  Congressional Pay,Pensions, Perks, and Staff

    INTRODUCTION Excessive pay, perks, and expenses focused citizen anger on Congress and helped trigger the 1994 electoral revolution. The new Republican majorities in the House and Senate moved quickly to cut staff and expenses and eliminate many of Congress's exemptions from the law. Further steps are necessary, however, to reduce perks, reform pensions, and…

  • Backgrounder posted January 3, 1995 by David Mason, Dan Greenberg New House Rules:  A Victory For Congressional Reform

    Introduction Charges that the Congress is unresponsive, arrogant, and ultimately ineffective have been an increasingly significant political issue for the past decade. Now that the 1994 elections have changed partisan control of Congress and delivered a clear reform mandate, the new leadership of the House of Representatives has assembled a package of rules…

  • Backgrounder posted September 28, 1994 by Dan Greenberg A Report Card on the 103rd Congress:  Failing Grades on Reform

    Introduction As American children begin another year of school, Congress is ending its two-year session, making it time for a final report card. In the critical area of congressional reform -- the steps Congress took to fix its internal problems -- mostly failing grades are in order. The tumultuous elections of 1992 led to the largest freshman class of…

  • Backgrounder posted August 10, 1994 by Dan Greenberg Term Limits: The Only Way to Clean Up Congress

    INTRODUCTION The movement to limit political terms is steamrolling through American politics. Voters have approved term limits for Congressmen in each of the fifteen states where referenda have been held, with votes averaging over 66 percent in support, and another four to ten states will permit their citizens to vote on congressional term limits this November. If…

  • Backgrounder Update posted June 8, 1994 by Dan Greenberg Adding to 'A to Z': A Permanent Lock Box for Spending Cuts

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 6/8/94 226 ADDING TO "A TO Z": A PERMANENT LOCK BOX FOR SPENDING CUTS (Updating Backgrounder No. 977, "It's Time for Truth in Voting," February 23, 1994.) The necessity for radical reform in the congressional appropriations process has been recognized by a majority of the House of Representatives. Some 230 Members have…

  • Backgrounder Update posted March 24, 1994 by Dan Greenberg New Leadership Proposals Still Leave Congress Above the Law

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 218 3/24/94 NEW LEADERSHIP PROPOSALS STILL LEAVE CONGRESS ABOVE THE LAW (Updating Backgrounder No. 965, "Should Congress Be Above the Law?" November 2, 1993.) One might plausibly contend that Congress violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the constitutional doctrine of separation ofpowers when it exonerates itsey'from the…

  • Backgrounder posted November 2, 1993 by Dan Greenberg Should Congress Be Above the Law?

    (Archived document, may contain errors) T 965 November 2,1993 SHOULD CONGRESS BE ABOVE THE LAW Congress] can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of society James Madison, Federalist No. 57 It has been said here many times tonight that we want to treat Senators the same as everyone else Mr.…

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