"As far back as Woodrow Wilson's presidency there were already almost as many members of the national legislature -- 531 -- as there are today. Since the admission to statehood of Hawaii and Alaska in 1959, there have been 535. It is difficult to precisely quantify the increase in the business -- and the busy-ness -- of Congress since then. It is, however, reasonable to assume that the increase is at least fifty-fold. The federal budget has increased much more than that."
- George Will