Millennial Debt Commission & R Street Institute co-host event with Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

March 29, 2021
The Millennial Debt Commission and the R Street Institute are co-hosting an event with Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), as well as Congressmen Dean… Read More

Roll Call: House Republican Conference votes to bring back earmarks

March 18, 2021
Roll Call reports: House Republicans lifted their decade-old ban on earmarks Wednesday during a closed-door vote, freeing up members to request “congressionally directed spending” under … Read More

Can Republicans and Democrats finally address the national debt?

March 2, 2021
Perhaps the most surprising outcome of the 2020 elections is the narrowness of the governing margins in Congress. While Joe Biden was expected by most observers to be the next… Read More

Video: The Potential Return of Earmarks

February 18, 2021
Wednesday morning, Taxpayers for Common Sense President Stephen Ellis and Congressional Institute President Mark Strand talked about the potential return of earmarks on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. They… Read More

All I Want for Christmas is…Reconciliation Reform

December 22, 2020
Today marks the third anniversary of the signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 into law.  Enactment of this legislation was a major policy victory for… Read More

Congress needs to curb presidential power. Here’s how it can start to.

December 18, 2020
George Will writes in the Washington Post about the powers and responsibilities vested in the House and Senate as well as recommendations for strengthening the bodies from the Select… Read More

ICYMI: Members of Congress have lost control over spending

September 30, 2020
(This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post.) The Constitution affords Congress the “power of the purse”: “No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in Consequence of Appropriations… Read More

Twelve Ways to Find Dirt in “Clean” Appropriations Bills

September 29, 2020
(This piece originally appeared in Legislative Procedure.) If Congress does not act soon, funding for approximately one-third of the Federal government will expire on Thursday, at the end of… Read More

What’s really driving the national debt?

August 6, 2020
Last week, Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis tweeted an idea for a “fun data project:” “For every senator give them a deficit score. / What is the net deficit as scored 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