The legislative filibuster isn’t going anywhere any time soon

April 5, 2017
By Joshua C. Huder It’s a nuclear week in the Senate. Majority Leader McConnell has hinted that he has the votes to go “nuclear” on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the… Read More

Proposed: An Office of Evaluation Within the GAO… And Evidence-based Policy

April 3, 2017
Fifty years ago, Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote in the Public Interest of a “crisis of confidence.” In short, the federal government had for decades spent funds to improve… Read More

Will Congress Finally Reassert Its War Powers?

March 31, 2017
Photo credit: Wikipedia. At the American Conservative, Daniel R. Depeteris writes:  “An increasing number of lawmakers, Republicans and Democrats, are finally beginning to come to grips with this embarrassing situation. Read More

How Unusual: The House Twice Had Highly Divided Votes Over… Approving Its Journal

March 30, 2017
On Thursday and Friday of last week (March 23rd & 24th), the House of Representatives twice divided sharply over whether to approve its Journal. This was unusual. The… Read More

Congress Needs to Take Back its War Powers in the Fight Against ISIS

March 19, 2017
On the R Street Institute Blog, Kevin Boyd writes: “We’re not considering any boots-on-the-ground approach,” then-President Barack Obama said during an Aug. 30, 2013 news conference about the situation… Read More

When Unified Government Just Isn’t Enough

March 15, 2017
Illustration credit: Wikipedia. by Rob Oldham Don’t sound the alarm just yet, but it looks like the Republican Party’s policy agenda might be in trouble. Without a 60-member Senate… Read More

Is Speaker Ryan leading too much?

March 14, 2017
By Joshua C. Huder The debate to repeal and replace Obamacare was always going to be a serious test for congressional leaders. Reorganizing an eighth of the economy has massive… Read More

Leadership, Legislation, and Secrecy

March 7, 2017
Photo credit: House.appropriations.gov At Vox, Lee Drutman writes: “Over the past day or so, House Democrats, journalists, and a handful of very conservative Republicans been fulminating over the secretive… Read More

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

What Is a House Resolution of Inquiry?

February 28, 2017
By Kevin R. Kosar Politico reports: “Seeking to avoid a full House vote on the so-called “resolution of inquiry” — a roll call that would be particularly embarrassing… Read More