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Kevin Kosar

Vice President, Policy, R Street Institute

Kevin Kosar is vice president of research partnerships for the R Street Institute. He co-directs the non-partisan Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, which aims to strengthen Congress. 

Kevin joined R Street in October 2014 from the Congressional Research Service, where he served as analyst and research manager. Earlier in his career, he was lecturer in policy and public administration at New York University and Metropolitan College of New York.

Kevin is the author most recently of Congress Overwhelmed: Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform (2020).

Kevin received his doctorate in politics from New York University and his bachelor’s from Ohio State University. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Bipartisan reform in a fitful Senate?

April 6, 2020
Back in the antediluvian era of late February 2020, a group of 70 former U.S. Senators took to the opinion page of the Washington Post to lament the sorry state of America’s… Read More
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Every congressional office should pivot to constituent service during COVID-19

April 3, 2020
Consider: The recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) is 247 pages long and quite complex.The threat of coronavirus has led legislators in both the House… Read More
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Podcast: Filibuster or filibusted?

April 2, 2020
Listen here. This week, Julia Azari, Lee Drutman, and James Wallner consider the filibuster. What purpose does it serve? Have its consequences gotten worse as the Senate has… Read More
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Governance: What does the public think?

April 1, 2020
In early February, 2020, George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, Department of Political Science, and Graduate School of Political Management sponsored a nationwide poll of 1,200… Read More
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How do we measure what Congress has accomplished?

March 31, 2020
With approval ratings somewhere below Nickelback and root canals, Congress is hardly America’s favorite institution. The American public certainly seems to view gridlock and shutdowns dimly, and there’s a popular … Read More
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The exasperating politics of pensions and trust funds

March 30, 2020
Across the United States, myriad pension and trust funds are in trouble. Serious trouble. The U.S Postal Service’s retiree health benefits fund is underfunded by $70 billion, and will… Read More
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Podcast: What are the politics of the coronavirus pandemic?

March 28, 2020
Listen here. This week, Julia, Lee, and James ask special guest Philip Rocco about the politics of public health emergencies. Philip is an Assistant… Read More
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Coronavirus shows why good budgeting matters

March 27, 2020
Amid the worsening coronavirus outbreak, it’s no secret that the recent flurry of emergency measures are going to drastically worsen the federal budget outlook when there already isn’t much slack… Read More
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In Congress, assembled: A virtual Congress creates more problems than it solves

March 26, 2020
The coronavirus has disrupted life for millions of Americans. People across the country have altered their daily routines in a bid to slow its spread. In many states, bars, churches,… Read More
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Fiscal policy in a time of crisis

March 24, 2020
Download the PDF version. Key points: 1) Congress is poised to act, but not all action will make things better2) Relief that is timely, targeted and temporary is… Read More