New resource on Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Reform

March 6, 2018
The Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Reform was established by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-123) to make recommendations and develop legislative language that… Read More

Rep. Darin LaHood on congressional dysfunction and the prospects for reform

March 1, 2018
By Marian Currinder Efforts to reform congressional dysfunction typically come from senior members who are tired of not getting anything done, former members who can speak openly (and critically)… Read More

Could advisory committees help repair a broken Congress?

February 22, 2018
By Stuart Kasdin Congress and the media have recently celebrated Congress’ success in funding the government, after only a short shutdown. With this Congress, even producing continuing resolutions in… Read More

Rethinking member ambition and the reelection goal

February 7, 2018
Image source: Lee Drutman/Vox By Marian Currinder That members of Congress are ambitious is a political science axiom. Getting elected (and reelected) to Congress requires ambition, as does the earnest… Read More

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

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