You can take a congressperson outta Washington …

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March 21, 2019
Last week the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held its first hearing. One of its tasks is to recommend ways to reform congressional procedures. Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.),… Read More

Common myths about the House Freedom Caucus

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March 12, 2019
Since it was formed in early 2015, the House Freedom Caucus has made headlines for blocking bills in Congress, helping remove an incumbent Speaker of the House, and otherwise making… Read More

How the political parties leaned on legislative leaders for cash during the 115th Congress

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March 5, 2019
One of the open secrets in Washington is that the Democratic and Republican parties both lean on their most powerful legislators to raise extraordinary amounts of campaign cash, often under… Read More

How House committees get their money

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January 29, 2019
Committee funding in the House of Representatives is accomplished through a somewhat quirky process. Appropriators in the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Committee set a top dollar amount for the committees… Read More

Trump’s shutdown tactics borrow from the Freedom Caucus

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January 23, 2019
When President Donald Trump declared last month that he was willing to risk a partial government shutdown to secure funding for a wall on the southern US border, most… Read More

Pelosi’s revenge?

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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

Senate Republicans get ready to play musical chairs

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November 5, 2018
Regardless of what happens in the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans are set to play a game of musical chairs on some of the most important committees in the Senate. The… Read More

More heat than light: New Conservative amending activity in the U.S. House

October 24, 2018
For almost a decade, House Republicans from the Tea Party, Liberty, and Freedom Caucuses—to whom we give the collective label “New Conservatives”—have repeatedly and publicly clashed with House Republican… Read More

Congressman highlights broken system of committee chairmanship selection

September 17, 2018
Upon being asked what he would change about the House as an institution during Thursday’s American Institutions Network Congressional Exit Interview, retiring Congressman John Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) responded: “I didn’t like and… Read More

Removing House members from standing committees

August 15, 2018
(Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Legislative Procedure on August 14, 2018.) Representative Chris Collins, R-N.Y., was recently arrested for insider trading. Immediately after his… Read More