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

Why We Do Not Need a More Powerful Presidency

September 12, 2017
Casey Burgat and Kevin Kosar write in Washington Monthly: “Once upon a time, we had a legislative branch that could help govern. The House and Senate had long-serving leaders… Read More

The Perils of Potent Congressional Leadership

August 28, 2017
Source: Matt Glassman, formerly of the Congressional Research Service and soon-to-be at the Government Affairs Institute, writes: “[T]he Wilsonian model of congressional reform is a dream scenario for… Read More

Rep. Darin LaHood On Creating a Congress of Tomorrow

July 25, 2017
Rep. Darin LaHood, D-Il, writes at the Ripon Forum: “Simply put, the body “of the People,” voted in “by the People,” is not working “for the People.” “So what… Read More