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Kevin Kosar

Vice President, Policy, R Street Institute

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New R Sheet: Post-cloture debate time for presidential nominations

March 20, 2019
Key Points: 1) Republicans can speed up the confirmation process by enforcing the Senate’s current rules and practices. 2) Strictly enforcing the provisions of Rule XXII limits the amount… Read More
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GAO versus the ghost of OTA: Who will win the science and technology assessment race?

March 20, 2019
Hardly anyone would argue that Congress is well equipped to make technology policy. Very few members are techies, and let’s face it, innovation is hurtling forward at a mind-blowing pace. Read More
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OK, so the House wants to reform itself? Here’s what it should really do.

January 30, 2019
Early this month, on the opening day of the 116th Congress, something unusual happened: The House of Representatives took a step to reform itself. Legislators approved a package… Read More
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A truckload of watermelons: Five OMG’s from John Lawrence’s “The Class of ‘74”

November 28, 2018
John Lawrence has some tales to tell. He served nearly four decades in the House, culminating as the chief of staff to Nancy Pelosi during her stint as… Read More
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LegBranch conversations: An interview with John Lawrence

November 20, 2018
Kevin Kosar, Vice President of Policy at the R Street Institute and co-director of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, interviews John Lawrence about his book, The Class of… Read More
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R Sheet on forcing votes

November 16, 2018
KEY POINTS 1) Today’s majority leaders exercise unprecedented control over the Senate floor. 2) They do so to prevent their colleagues from offering amendments without their prior approval. 3) Leaders… Read More
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New paper on CRS’s declining role in supporting committee oversight

September 10, 2018
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Video: History of congressional staffing

September 5, 2018
Congress needs staff to carry out the duties prescribed by the Constitution and demanded by the public. LegBranch.org’s Kevin Kosar discusses how from 1900 to 1990, Congress sporadically… Read More
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Congressional reform is way overdue

August 2, 2018
Source: Gallup.com President Donald J. Trump’s recent Helsinki trip was an awful spectacle. In short order, he managed to antagonize the allies we need to maintain European stability and… Read More
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The struggle between objectivity vs. neutrality continues at the Congressional Research Service

February 13, 2018
By Kevin R. Kosar Recently, leadership of the Congressional Research Service and the Library of Congress were presented with a memorandum. It expressed concern that the agencies’ analysts,… Read More