Congress: Difficult by design
Daniel Patrick Moynihan once remarked that “the United States is the one nation in the world with a real legislature.” The senator from New York was boasting of our system, but… Read More
ICYMI: Analysis on legislative gridlock and congressional oversight
The most recent edition of the The Legislative Scholar, the newsletter of the legislative studies section of the American Political Science Association, focuses on “the pervasive problem of… Read More
Congressional reform is way overdue
Source: Gallup.com President Donald J. Trump’s recent Helsinki trip was an awful spectacle. In short order, he managed to antagonize the allies we need to maintain European stability and… Read More
Kavanaugh nominated to protect Trump? What some senators are getting wrong.
Image source: WSJ By Anthony Marcum Within minutes of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, opponents were quick to highlight a 2009 article written by Kavanaugh for the Minnesota Law… Read More
Are courtesy meetings nuked?
Image source: National Review By Mark Owens Process and procedure have begun to dominate debates about controversial or salient nominations to the federal bench. Frustration emerged when the regular procedures… Read More
Congress and trade policy: Time to refresh the trade advisory system?
Image source: USTR By Ryan Dukeman From Ross Perot’s “giant sucking sound,” to Pat Buchanan’s promise to “make America first again,” to the 2016 presidential election, international trade has long… Read More
LegBranch Conversations: An interview with David Schoenbrod
David Schoenbrod is the Trustee Professor of Law at New York Law School. Over the course of his career, he has been a leading practitioner and scholar of environmental… Read More
Congressional behavior in the Trump era
Image source: NRO By Jordan M. Ragusa No doubt one of the most discussed political issues in the last two years is whether and how Donald Trump’s presidency is changing… Read More
Concentrating implementation: How ideological agreement between the House and Senate affects delegation to the bureaucracy
Image source: The Hill By Jordan Carr Peterson Many scholars and observers of American legislative politics focus on the substantive public policies contained in laws Congress enacts. For instance,… Read More