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Marian Currinder

Senior Fellow, Governance Project, R Street Institute

Marian Currinder is a senior fellow with the R Street Institute’s Governance Project and editor of LegBranch.org.

Marian previously served as senior fellow and curriculum director at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, led U.S. government accountability and transparency projects for two nonprofits, and taught American government at the College of Charleston.

She is the author of Money in the House: Campaign Funds and Congressional Parties and co-author of the textbook Congress in Context. She also has published numerous articles and book chapters, mostly focused on Congress and campaign finance.

Marian earned her bachelor’s at Pennsylvania State University and her doctorate at the University of Florida.

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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

February 15, 2019
Lee Drutman, “Can Congress fix itself?” Vox: “The committee begins its work with some big limits. It is initially authorized for only one year and can only issue recommendations… Read More
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Video: America’s longest shutdown

February 13, 2019
LIVESTREAM:: America's Longest Shutdown @jiwallner, Charlie Bolton in @senrobportman's office, @julia_azari. https://t.co/l7WBznoJxZ — R Street Institute (@RSI) February 12,… Read More
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What LBJ can teach new Congress members about gaining power in the House

February 11, 2019
Robert Caro’s recent article on secrets he uncovered while digging through Lyndon Johnson’s archives provides fascinating glimpses into how political power is wielded in Washington. The ability… Read More
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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

February 8, 2019
Kristina Peterson and Andrew Duehren, “Lawmakers Vow to Modernize Congress, One Modem at a Time,” Wall Street Journal: “Congress is a fixer-upper right now,” said Rep. Derek Kilmer (D.,… Read More
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Rule on start-up funding for Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress approved

February 7, 2019
On January 29, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), chair of the Committee on House Administration, introduced H. Res. 86, “providing amounts for the expenses of the Select Committee… Read More
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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

February 1, 2019
G. William Hoagland, “The shutdown horror show was bad, but beware the reruns,” Roll Call: “The latest shutdown has been a lesson in how each side needs something to… Read More
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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

January 25, 2019
Carl Hulse and Emily Cochrane, “McConnell and Pelosi Have a Fraught Relationship. The Shutdown Hasn’t Helped,” New York Times: “The two congressional leaders are ideological opposites who are… Read More
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Senate and House Legislative Branch subcommittee members appointed

January 22, 2019
The Legislative Branch subcommittees of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees contain several newcomers in the 116th. Newly elected Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) will chair the subcommittee on… Read More
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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

January 18, 2019
Paul Blumenthal, “Congress Might Actually Do Something To Stop Itself From Sucking So Much,” Huffington Post: “It’s hard to find agreement in the politically polarized environment of Washington, but… Read More
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Pelosi’s revenge?

January 16, 2019
The Hill was abuzz on Wednesday with news that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had “exacted revenge” on one of her most vocal detractors, Rep. Katherine Rice (D-NY). A former… Read More