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Kevin Kosar

Vice President, Policy, R Street Institute

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Does Congress Want to Govern?

January 16, 2017
Over the past year, leading members of Congress have delivered some stirring mea culpas about the demise of the First Branch of Government. Speaker Ryan’s “A Better Way” agenda… Read More
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Making Oversight Win-Win

December 8, 2016
Source: C-SPAN2 Mere mention of the word “oversight” can make a public administrator queasy. It’s not because bureaucracies inevitably have something tawdry or corrupt to hide. Indeed, government agencies often… Read More
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Bridging the Separation of Powers

December 6, 2016
Source: Wikipedia The separation of powers is a hallmark of democratic systems. Power is divided among different branches or units of government. The legislature legislates, the executive executes and the… Read More
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Will the Congressional Review Act Be a Big Deal In January?

November 29, 2016
Some of the many volumes of the Code of Federal Regulations. By Kevin R. Kosar Will the Congressional Review Act become a big deal in January? Maybe. Congress enacted the… Read More
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Banning Dialing for Dollars Will Not Fix Congress

November 21, 2016
By Kevin R. Kosar I agree with the conventional wisdom that congressmen spend entirely too much of their time raising money. Like many viewers, I cringed at John… Read More
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Does Congress Finally Get That Business As Usual Should Not Continue?

November 9, 2016
By Kevin R. Kosar Nearly everyone is gobsmacked by last night’s election results. But should we really be so surprised? No, because a significant portion of the public has… Read More
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How Congress Has Advanced Civil Liberties

October 26, 2016
Which branch of government comes to mind when you think of your rights? Many, if not most, Americans will think first of the judiciary. They might reference the Obergefell… Read More
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The Estranged Legislative and Executive Branches

September 28, 2016
Hugh Heclo’s A Government of Strangers, published 40 years ago, described the very different worlds of high-level federal appointees and the civil-servant worker bees they purportedly manage. Today… Read More
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Proposed: A New Congressional Regulatory Office

September 22, 2016
If Congress has often been unwilling to actively control the output of the administrative state, over the years it has also become effectively unable to do so. As the… Read More
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A Case for Stronger Congressional Committees

August 3, 2016
With congressional partisanship at record highs and congressional approval ratings at record lows, the First Branch should consider reform. Two recent white papers (one analyzing the House, the… Read More