If you want to know where Congress is headed, it obviously makes sense to take a close look at elected lawmakers themselves. But to understand how they intend to get there, you'll need to understand who they're hiring.
As Republicans get ready to take complete control of Capitol Hill, GOP officials are going on a "hiring spree
," especially in the Senate, where the new majority will have expanded staffs at both the leadership and committee level.
So, who's getting the gigs? We can break them down into two broad groups of people. The first, as Anna Palmer reported
the other day, are corporate lobbyists.
Lobbyists can come home again. As Republicans take control of Congress, they are bringing in veteran influence peddlers to help them run the show. Nearly a dozen veteran K Streeters have been named as top staffers to GOP leaders or on key committees as lawmakers prepare to take the gavel in January.
And why would lobbyists leave better-paying jobs at K Street firms in order to tackle unglamorous work on Capitol Hill? Because as any good lobbyist knows, they can, when they're done with their congressional work, return to K Street and demand even more money.
In the meantime, the line between corporate lobbyists and congressional Republicans has long been blurry
, but the partnership will now be even stronger as the GOP takes over the Senate for the first time in eight years.
Heritage Action for America is losing three staffers, including its top House lobbyist, to a trio of newbies in the 114th Congress. [...] "One of the great roles of having a permanent 300-person institution is that people take what they learn here and spread that throughout the universe," said Heritage Action for America's CEO Michael Needham.
Depending on one's perspective, that's either very nice or very scary.
Regardless, taken together, staffing moves like these tell us something interesting about who'll be doing the legislative legwork for the next couple of years.