LegBranch Team

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Machine learning improves our understanding of how laws are made and who deserves credit for them

October 2, 2018
In the early years of his long congressional tenure, Senator Warren Magnuson (D-WA) was known as an effective purveyor of pork. Following a tough reelection campaign in 1962 and… Read More

ICYMI: Rebuilding a technology assessment office in Congress: Frequently asked questions

October 1, 2018
Congress is not known for being particularly tech savvy. This reputation comes in part from its quaint anachronisms, such as prominent Members’ desire to eschew email and smartphones,… Read More

Congressional power and the war on Chevron

September 27, 2018
By Jamelle C. Sharpe Calls to reign in federal administrative power have increased to almost deafening levels in recent years.  Contributing to the din are Members of… Read More

“Models of Representation” reflected in the roll call votes of House members

September 26, 2018
By Kim Quaile Hill As the 2018 off-year election approaches, both academic and news commentators are abuzz with how candidates for Congressional seats will position themselves with… Read More

Style and substance in the U.S. House of Representatives

September 20, 2018
By Tracy Sulkin and William Bernhard Upon arriving on Capitol Hill, all new members of Congress (MCs) face a central choice: what kind of legislator will they… Read More

Congressional oversight (of the Executive) is dead; Long live congressional oversight (of the Judiciary)

September 19, 2018
By Lauren C. Bell On August 8, 2018, sixteen organizations sent a joint letter to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley and ranking member Dianne… Read More

Upcoming Event: Can the House Strengthen Civil Enforcement of Subpoenas to the Executive Branch through Rules Changes?

September 17, 2018
Please join Good Government Now and the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group for a panel discussion and lunch with: Michael L. Stern… Read More

How filibustering and strategic parties contribute to gridlock

September 13, 2018
By Gregory Koger Filibustering: the Fourth Veto The U.S. Constitution lays out a system with three veto players: the President, the House of Representatives, and the… Read More

Kavanaugh’s inevitable confirmation

September 11, 2018
(Editor’s note: This piece was originally posted by the Government Affairs Institute on September 5, 2018.) By Susan Sullivan Lagon To no one’s… Read More

ICYMI: Analysis on legislative gridlock and congressional oversight

September 4, 2018
The most recent edition of the The Legislative Scholar, the newsletter of the legislative studies section of the American Political Science Association, focuses on “the pervasive problem of… Read More