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Kevin Kosar

Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

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The Room Where It Happened

July 22, 2020
Before I read it, I wondered about the title of this book by John Bolton. The “room” is most likely the Oval Office, although important meetings were held elsewhere,… Read More

Oversight gone wrong

July 21, 2020
Congressional investigations of the executive branch are frequently dominated by partisanship and ideology. Even-keeled and methodical analysis is better. Turning serious inquiries into tendentious exercises weakens oversight. Recent revelations about… Read More

Three concrete steps to improve the relationship between Capitol Hill and Foggy Bottom

July 20, 2020
Source: Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. “Cold.” “Toxic.” “Dysfunctional.” These are the words that come to mind when thinking of the relationship between Congress and the State Department, on… Read More

ICYMI: Bipartisan coalition of lawmakers introduces legislation to restore congressional war powers

July 17, 2020
From the office of Rep. Anthony Brown (D, MD): House Armed Services Committee Vice Chair Anthony G. Brown (D-MD), Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Tom Cole (R-OK), Don Bacon (R-NE),… Read More

Crisis government: Where is Congress?

July 16, 2020
Source: AFP via Congress has shown little ability to successfully keep up existing domestic programs in light of new developments and an aging population — let alone confidently chart new… Read More

As Congress moves hearings online, it needs to ensure access for all

July 15, 2020
On one Wednesday in early June, the U.S. House of Representatives held four remote committee hearings covering topics from voting to emergency preparedness. For many working in the field of… Read More

Congressional modernization jump-started by COVID-19

July 14, 2020
The chaos surrounding Congress’s switch to remote work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare weaknesses of Congress’s technical procedures and infrastructure, from its inability to hold hearings by… Read More

COVID-19’s punishing effects on the federal deficit and debt

July 13, 2020
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) has a new report on COVID-19’s deleterious effects on the feral budget. CRFB projects: Deficits will expand by $5.7 trillion over… Read More

The power of the Spending Tracker

July 11, 2020
Over the last few months, Congress has appropriated trillions of dollars in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid this flurry of spending, annual deficits are projected to be nearly $4 trillion… Read More

ICYMI: Broad coalition supports strengthening the legislative branch by providing additional funding

July 10, 2020
The Honorable Nita LoweyChairCommittee on AppropriationsUnited States House of RepresentativesThe Honorable Richard ShelbyChairCommittee on AppropriationsUnited States SenateThe Honorable Kay GrangerRanking MemberCommittee on AppropriationsUnited States House of RepresentativesThe Honorable Patrick LeahyRanking… Read More