ICYMI: Fixing the Confirmation Process

March 3, 2017
Tevi Troy wrote in National Affairs: “In May 2007, when I was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as deputy secretary of Health and Human Services,… Read More

Can the House Return to Regular Order?

January 16, 2017
In The Hill, Don Wolfensberger writes: In following the election of House Speakers in recent years, it is hard to overlook the common thread of their acceptance speeches:… Read More

Do Term Limits for Committee Chairs Weaken Committees?

January 10, 2017
Photo credit: Appropriations.house.gov Yes, say professors Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman. They write in the January 4, 2017 Washington Post: Beginning in the mid-1990s, Republicans limited their chair positions to three… Read More

Experts Call Upon Senate to Stabilize Committee Staff

October 19, 2016
The Honorable Mitch McConnell, United States Senate The Honorable Harry Reid, United States Senate The Honorable John Cornyn, United States Senate The Honorable Dick Durbin, United States Senate October 18, 2016… Read More

Can Caucuses Help Make Congress Great Again?

October 7, 2016
President Obama meets with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in 2009. Source: Wikipedia. Well, maybe—or maybe not in their current form. Prof. Jennifer Victor of George Mason University writes: “The current… Read More

APSA White Papers on Congressional Capacity

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September 6, 2016
Every chair was filled at the American Political Science Association panel discussing congressional capacity. The papers delivered were: Anthony Madonna and Ian Ostrander, “A Congress of Cannibals: The Evolution… Read More

Reminder: Saturday APSA Academic Panel On Congressional Capacity

August 31, 2016
Lee Drutman and Kevin Kosar, the co-directors of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, will be on a panel titled “Assessing Congress’ Capacity to Solve Problems.” This will… Read More

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

Is the House of Representatives Deinstitutionalizing?

July 5, 2016
The 114th Congress in the House chamber. Source: Wikipedia Jeffery A. Jenkins’ and Charles Stewart III’s recently presented an important paper, “The Deinstitutionalization (?) of the… Read More

Jonathan Rauch On Congress and Chaos

July 4, 2016
The Brookings Institution’s Jonathan Rauch has an article garnering much attention: “How American Politics Went Insane” (The Atlantic, July/August 2016). He writes: “Chaos syndrome is a chronic decline in the… Read More