Louis Peck

Louis Peck

Louis M. Peck has been a Washington-based reporter and editor for more than three decades, focusing on coverage of Congress, the federal bureaucracy and national politics. For 19 years, Peck was editor-in-chief of National Journal's CongressDaily, which he helped to found in 1991. Prior to that, he was a reporter in the Washington bureau of Gannett Newspapers and editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. His writing also has appeared in Congressional Quarterly, the Baltimore Sun, and the American Journalism Review. Peck, who holds a B.A. in American history from Brown University, is a former visiting instructor in the Washington Program of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Recent Stories By Louis Peck:

  • America’s $320 Billion Shadow GovernmentSeptember 28, 2011

    As the congressional “Super Committee” seeks to slash the deficit, Washington’s ever-expanding “shadow government” looms large as a target. Although the Tea Party and deficit hawks frequently...

  • Budget Cuts Take a Toll on Federal WorkforceJune 27, 2011

    President Obama once promised to make federal government service "cool" again, but for many rank and file employees, that promise has not been fulfilled.  With the loss of millions of private sector...

  • Crazy Federal Rules Cost Business $1.75T a YearMay 31, 2011

    Since Gerald Ford in the mid 1970s, American presidents have routinely vowed to cut government red tape during tough economic times in response to outcries from the business community, but few have...

  • Debit Card Swipe Fee Rules Get Pummeled by BanksMay 18, 2011

    While  the public is focused on the high-profile debate over spending cuts and the debt ceiling, one of the year’s  fiercest  lobbying battles is raging on Capitol Hill with huge economic...

  • The Doormat for Congress—Washington, D.C.April 25, 2011

    Things have simmered down since District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray was arrested earlier this month after leading a protest at the Capitol and lawn signs sprouted up declaring: “Congress: Don’t...

  • Taxpayer Alert: The Coming Postal Service BailoutApril 5, 2011

    The federal government isn’t the only entity in Washington about to hit the debt ceiling: So is the U.S. Postal Service, the independent agency created four decades ago to take over and streamline...

  • Wall Street and Elizabeth Warren: Truce or DareMarch 16, 2011

    “David beat Goliath, but make no mistake: Goliath is not down for the count,” Elizabeth Warren, President Obama’s choice to get the federal government’s newly created Consumer Financial Protection...

  • Issa’s List: 'Five Biggest Job Killing Regulations'February 8, 2011

    The latest mantra in Washington is that excessive government regulations are smothering the economic recovery. Just yesterday, President Obama told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that he has ordered a...

  • Republicans Vow War on Government Red TapeDecember 30, 2010

    Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has a message for federal regulators the next time they’re inclined to write a new rule: Be prepared to defend it before a congressional committee. “One of the things I’ve...

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