Politico: Kolovos, Berzok hang a shingle


'WE GET WHAT WE PAY FOR': Understaffing in Congress makes lobbyists too powerful and Congress should review staffing levels and salaries, which have stagnated or declined. That's the message in a letter signed by Lee Drutman, senior fellow in New America's political reform program; Meredith McGehee, policy director of the Campaign Legal Center; Kevin Kosar, senior fellow and governance project director at R Street Institute; Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution; and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute.

"Too often, going to work on the Hill is seen as a way to get your ticket punched on your way to a lucrative career on K St.," McGehee said in a statement. "As a result of low pay and inadequate staffing levels, turnover among congressional staff is too high. This lack of internal capacity empowers lobbyists since they are who the staff turn to for policy expertise."

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