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: http://www.lop.parl.gc.ca/ 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

Does Congress Need Energized?

May 19, 2016
Christopher DeMuth notes that the executive branch, particularly in the form of the administrative state, has grown immensely. With the growth has come an increased ability to act unilaterally,… Read More

The Growing Conservative Case for Strengthening Congress

May 9, 2016
Now, a few thinkers on the conservative side are coming around to the view that cutting congressional funding to prove a point turns out to be at best pointless, and… Read More

Conservative Initiatives to Strengthen Congress

May 9, 2016
Sen. Mike Lee unveiled the Article 1 Project recently. Nine other members of Congress have lent their names to Lee’s A1P effort. There also are other groups at work in… Read More

Do We Need a Joint Committee on Congress?

May 9, 2016
Michael S. Johnson and the Congressional Institute think so. In Washington Monthly, he writes: Congress does not function. The productivity of the last Congress was the worst in history. Members… Read More