House “Dear Colleague” letter soliciting support for bipartisan rules reforms in the 116th Congress

October 22, 2018
Support Bipartisan Rules Reforms in the 116th Congress Sending Office: Honorable Derek KilmerRequest for Signature(s) Current cosigners: Kilmer, Buck, Rice, Bergman, Bustos, Gallagher, Bera, Biggs, Welch, Moulton,… Read More

New R Street policy paper: How young lawyers can help restore congressional capacity

October 17, 2018
Nearly eighty percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress does its job. Much of the blame can be attributed to its failure to substantively address many of the policy… Read More

Congress and NAFTA 2.0

October 11, 2018
(Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in Legislative Procedure on October 10, 2018.) The United States, Mexico, and Canada recently agreed to modify the North American Free Trade… Read More

New Nomination Rules and the Kavanaugh Nomination: Consequences for the Senate

October 4, 2018
The Senate, for the first time in over 200 years, is considering a Supreme Court nominee entirely under a majority process. Brett Kavanaugh is proceeding through the full confirmation… Read More

Lame ducks and congressional accountability

October 4, 2018
(Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in Law and Liberty on October 3, 2018.) The ranks of those writing about the state of American governance have swelled recently… Read More

Machine learning improves our understanding of how laws are made and who deserves credit for them

October 2, 2018
In the early years of his long congressional tenure, Senator Warren Magnuson (D-WA) was known as an effective purveyor of pork. Following a tough reelection campaign in 1962 and… Read More

ICYMI: Rebuilding a technology assessment office in Congress: Frequently asked questions

October 1, 2018
Congress is not known for being particularly tech savvy. This reputation comes in part from its quaint anachronisms, such as prominent Members’ desire to eschew email and smartphones,… Read More

The House asked members for their ideas to make Congress work better. This is what they suggested

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September 24, 2018
(Editor’s note: The post originally appeared on FixGov on September 21, 2018.) On September 13, the House Committee on Rules’ Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House held… Read More

How filibustering and strategic parties contribute to gridlock

September 13, 2018
By Gregory Koger Filibustering: the Fourth Veto The U.S. Constitution lays out a system with three veto players: the President, the House of Representatives, and the… Read More

Kavanaugh’s inevitable confirmation

September 11, 2018
(Editor’s note: This piece was originally posted by the Government Affairs Institute on September 5, 2018.) By Susan Sullivan Lagon To no one’s… Read More