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Kevin Kosar

Vice President, Policy, R Street Institute

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Lessons on Congressional Reform from Donald M. Fraser

July 15, 2019
Source: Congressional Pictorial Dictionary. This month, former Congressman Donald M. Fraser (D-MN) passed away at the age of 95. For many observers of… Read More
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Recent news on the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

July 11, 2019
“So far, the panel has held six hearings, including its first on March 12. Kilmer and the top Republican, Tom Graves of Georgia, have hired three full-time staffers and… Read More
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Video: How House leadership is chosen and trained: A conversation with Matthew Green

July 10, 2019
 How is the speaker and the other leaders of the House chosen? What factors who wins these races… Read More
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Who reaches the pinnacle of power in Congress, and why?

July 9, 2019
Few would dispute the critical role that party leaders play in Congress today. They are intimately involved in every stage of the legislative process. Leaders set the agenda, resolve disagreements… Read More
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How McConnell blocked amendments on the defense bill

July 8, 2019
The Senate voted Monday to begin debate on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (S. 1790). Senators approved the motion to proceed to… Read More
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Why members of Congress should get a raise, whether they deserve it or not

July 3, 2019
You’ve surely heard the old line, “The best Congress money can buy.” Typically, it’s said sardonically. In the classic formulation, it’s not your money doing the buying. It’s special interests… Read More
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Modernizing Congress: Bringing Democracy Into the 21st Century

July 2, 2019
Download this report published by the Beeck Center of Georgetown University. Read More
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APSA Task Force Memorandum: Floor and committee processes in the House of Representatives: Issues, options for reform, and potential consequences

July 1, 2019
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       Molly E. Reynolds, Senior Fellow; Brookings Institution; E. Scott Adler, University of… Read More
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The Tribune, the Triumvirate, and the Ethos of the Senate

June 27, 2019
James Madison famously predicted that the constitution’s division of power would be enforced by the “personal motives” of those individuals holding public office. Ambition is made to counteract ambition when… Read More
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Are permanent appropriations the fix the budget process needs?

June 26, 2019
As Kevin Kosar discussed recently, political scientist Andrew Taylor has a new proposal, outlined in the latest issue of National Affairs, to reform the appropriations process by shifting… Read More