GLEN S. KRUTZ
Getting Around Gridlock: 
The Effect of Omnibus Utilization on Legislative Productivity
Legislative Studies Quarterly
XXV:533-49

Omnibus legislating—the practice of combining numerous measures from disparate policy areas in one massive bill—has become a standard part of the legislative landscape in Washington and alters lawmaking in important ways; yet we know little about it. In this paper, I consider whether or not the omnibus method positively affects legislative productivity, as is suggested by many observers in Washington and academia. To test this hypothesis, I estimate two different models of legislative production. I find omnibus usage to be a positive and significant independent influence on legislative productivity in both models.


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