Video of Meeting On Legislative Branch Reorganization

November 22, 2016
Enjoy the melodious orations of Kevin Kosar (R Street Institute), Walter Oleszek (Congressional Research Service), and Mark Strand (Congressional Institute) during your lengthy holiday travels, or as you recover from… Read More

Legislation to Create Joint Committee on Congress Introduced in House

September 29, 2016
Source: H. Con. Res. 169 was introduced on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Its would create a Joint Committee on Congress to explore possible reforms. “Reps. Dan Lipinski (IL-3)… Read More

Abolish the Senate to Strengthen the Separation of Powers?

September 7, 2016
John Bicknell, the executive editor of, had an impish piece in the Washington Post on August 30, 2016.  To rebalance the separation of powers, it is necessary… Read More

Cincinnatus and the Myth of Amateur Rule

August 14, 2016
Cincinnatus leaves the plow for the Roman dictatorship. Painting by Juan Antonio Ribera, c. 1806. Blogpost by Thomas F. Ranieri, Federalist Society The tale of Cincinnatus is a popular one… Read More

Why Has Congress Become More Chaotic?

July 11, 2016
Source: Kevin R. Kosar Jonathan Rauch‘s “How American Politics Went Insane” has drawn much commentary. Rauch argues that Congress is struggling to organize itself, and that a major cause… Read More

Not Only America: Canada’s Legislature Begins to Strengthen Itself

July 6, 2016
Source: Guest blog post by Sean Speer, R Street Institute Last month’s Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s unilateral immigration directive was a positive development for those determined… 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

Majority Leader McConnell: How the Senate Is Supposed to Work

June 22, 2016
U.S. Senate 1880s. Source: U.S. Senate Historical Office Majority leader McConnell wrote for the May 30, 2016 copy of the Wall Street Journal a piece titled, “How the Senate Is… Read More

Does Congress Need More Political Dynamism?

May 19, 2016
Public perceptions aside, is our legislature, in fact, a stolid governance body? Well, yes and no. In short, the House is very dynamic; the Senate…not so much. The… Read More