The (Capitol) Hill Has Gotten Rocky

Posted by on January 30, 2020 at 3:29 PM

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The Hill -- and especially the House -- is a tough place to work. As Kevin Kosar of the R Street Institute recently testified, staffers are underpaid, overworked, and there’s not enough manpower to go around (as a former constituent services representative who earned ~$30k while working 74 hour weeks...I can confirm). Furthermore, members of the House are constantly under the gun to raise reelection funds, since they are “up for reelection” the moment they get sworn into office. Meanwhile, the American people are upset because nothing seems to ever get done, and the media profits off of the frustration by feeding us a never ending soap opera that not even General Hospital can rival.

How did things get so bad? In his testimony, Kevin Kosar explains to the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress the various ways in which Congress has undercut its own ability to retain talent and act as a check on the Executive Branch. Meanwhile, Issue One just came out with a new podcast called “Swamp Stories,” whose host -- a millennial Republican -- dives deep into the D.C. quagmire in an effort to shine a light on the corruption that plagues our nation’s capital.

Of course, nothing will change if we don’t demand change. There are many, many ways to do so, and below are two options:

  • If you’re a Virginia resident, you can take five seconds -- courtesy of RepresentUs -- to send a message to your legislature urging them to pass gerrymandering reform.
  • If you’re a business owner or have control over personnel, register with Business for America for a February 6th webinar on how giving your employees time to vote can benefit your business.

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