What would heal Congress?

January 31, 2018
Congress as an institution faces a critical juncture. Continuing on its current path will make it an extraneous appendage, whose presence is tolerated only grudgingly, as a nod to… Read More

Ten ways to unsuck Congress

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January 30, 2018
“This place sucks.” Sen. Joe Manchin’s candid commentary came during discussions with Democratic leadership about whether the West Virginia senator would run for reelection. Manchin’s remarks were less a… Read More

What ails Congress? Six explanations

January 17, 2018
Summary Everyone has an opinion on what is wrong with Congress. This post covers the field, laying out six different types of explanations as to why America’s legislature is struggling,… Read More

House Committee on Administration releases additional data on sexual harassment claims

January 16, 2018
Source: Jim Mone, AP By Marian Currinder The House Committee on Administration recently released additional statistics on harassment in the congressional workplace. Committee Chairman Gregg Harper (R-MS) described the… Read More

Whither the class of 2018?

January 10, 2018
Source: Wikipedia Breaking Wave By Richard M. Skinner   Few patterns are more reliable in American politics than the president’s party losing seats in the House of Representatives at the… Read More

ICYMI: Congress Indispensable

January 3, 2018
Philip Wallach writes in National Affairs: “Congress is a mess. It seems incapable of passing major legislation; it is divided by bitter animosities, held in almost universal contempt,… Read More

ICYMI: #Resistance and the crisis of authority in American politics

December 14, 2017
James Wallner writes in the Library of Law & Liberty: “When Leandra English, former chief of staff to the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, asked a… Read More

Rep. John Ratcliffe On the Separation of Powers Restoration Act

September 25, 2017
Rep. John Ratcliffe’s (R-TX) Separation of Powers Restoration Act was introduced early this year. Unlike some bills, the act’s title precisely encapsulates its purpose: restoring the power disparity… Read More

Congress’s Death Is Greatly Exaggerated

September 20, 2017
By Matt Glassman Lamenting the underperformance of Congress has a long history in American public life. Nineteenth century cartoonists portrayed Congress in terms familiar to modern observers: dysfunctional, corrupt,… Read More

Should Members of Congress Get DC Housing Stipends?

September 16, 2017
Benjamin Freed writes in the Washingtonian: “Both the United Kingdom and France give members of their parliaments allowances for capital-area housing. British MPs, who earn base annual… Read More