Re: Enhancing Congressional Capacity on Technology Policy

I co-organized the following coalition letter urging Congress to takes steps to improve its in-house expertise on science and technology. The letter argues:

The dearth of technological expertise in the legislative branch makes it difficult for Congress to properly evaluate the divergent claims of executive agencies, academic centers, interest groups and lobbyists. This circumstance is unfavorable to the health of our democracy, as the people’s representatives ought to have the resources to make independent determinations about the facts. Indeed, the Constitution’s separation of powers assumes that Congress should have analytical capabilities that are independent from the other branches of government.

Other signatories include the R Street Institute, TechFreedom, and the OpenGov Foundation.

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