Group strives to ‘Make Congress Great Again’
From Congressional Quarterly Magazine:
Its name is a mouthful, but the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group has gained a following for its mission to strengthen a polarized and unpopular Congress.
The founders come from think tanks in different positions on the political spectrum. Kevin Kosar spent 11 years at the Congressional Research Service before leaving for the “free market” R Street Institute. Lee Drutman is a senior fellow at the more liberal New America.
But their joint concern for the health of Congress gave them a common cause. They’re focused on bringing together congressional staff from the right, left and center who care about the institution and want to brainstorm ways to improve it.
The Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group’s slogan borrows from one of the most famous in recent American political history, edited with its own quirk: Make Congress Great Again. Kosar and Drutman handed out their own version of red hats with their inscription at the end of a February meeting. An attendee donned a cap as he left what’s become a regular series of lunch discussions on policy, this time on the subject of lawmakers’ role in regulations.