Bill Introduced to Establish a Joint Commission on the Organization of Congress

February 24, 2017
By Kevin R. Kosar A bipartisan proposal (H.Con.Res.28) to get Congress to rethink its organization, operations, and capacity has been re-introduced into Congress by Reps. Darin LaHood (R, Il)… Read More

Can Our Political Institutions Handle Our Political Divisions?

February 2, 2017
New America’s Lee Drutman has a new white paper out. He writes: The United States is a politically divided nation. These divisions have only grown deeper in the past… Read More

Six Ways to Curb the Executive Branch

January 25, 2017
Alexander Hamilton on the limited executive, Federalist 68. Credit: Library of Congress . By Kevin R. Kosar The Founders intended Congress as the most powerful branch, making the laws… Read More

The Duties of a Senator: Ben Sasse Responds to Nate Silver

December 5, 2016
Photo source: Sasse.Senate.gov Sen Ben Sasse of Nebraska has a fascinating post on Medium, which he wrote in response to a Nate Silver column. It’s a good read. I spent… Read More

House Holds Hearing on the Power of the Purse

December 4, 2016
The House Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Operations and¬†Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules convened a hearing on the power of the purse on December 1, 2016. It… Read More

A Trump-Ryan Constitutional Revival?

November 30, 2016
Source: Archives.gov Christopher DeMuth had an intriguing essay in the November 25 copy of the Wall Street Journal. He writes: A central purpose of the American scheme of checks… Read More

Video of Meeting On Legislative Branch Reorganization

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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:  VisitTheCapitol.gov 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 Watchdog.org, 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