Committees should hire bipartisan staff approved by both the Chair and Ranking Member to promote strong institutional knowledge, evidence-based policy making, and a less partisan oversight agenda.
Committee administrative staff provide important support by handling tasks such as setting up hearing rooms, handling reports, and archiving materials. Unlike Senate committees, most House committees hire majority and minority administrative personnel. This means there are two staffers handling similar administrative duties. Senate committee staffers who are hired on a bipartisan basis know they work for Members of both parties and approach their work with that understanding. Bipartisan staff also have greater job security as their jobs are not dependent on which party is in the majority. In addition to encouraging bipartisanship, joint hires save money by reducing staff overlap.