Attempting to oust the Speaker of the House offers short-term nothing for long-term discomfort

September 17, 2020
Reports emerged yesterday of a plan among House Freedom Caucus (HFC) members to oust Speaker Pelosi via a “motion to vacate the chair.” This motion has been a more… Read More

Event: How to make Congress more Effective—A Conversation with the Leaders of the House Select Committee on Modernization

September 15, 2020
RSVP here. The Association of Former Members of Congress hosts a discussion with the leaders of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress today at… Read More

APSA congressional reform task force report

January 21, 2020
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Survey reveals a majority of Americans believe their Members of Congress do not represent them the best

August 26, 2019
James Madison wrote in Federalist 52 that the House of Representatives “should have an immediate dependence on, and an intimate sympathy with, the people.” This is why the framers… Read More

Blocking critics on Twitter: What Congress should know

July 29, 2019
Good news, D.C.: August recess is around the corner. For many, it is a time to escape the Beltway for some much sought-after R&R. For members of Congress, it is… Read More

Video: How House leadership is chosen and trained: A conversation with Matthew Green

July 10, 2019
 How is the speaker and the other leaders of the House chosen? What factors who wins these races… Read More

Who reaches the pinnacle of power in Congress, and why?

July 9, 2019
Few would dispute the critical role that party leaders play in Congress today. They are intimately involved in every stage of the legislative process. Leaders set the agenda, resolve disagreements… Read More

Modernizing Congress: Bringing Democracy Into the 21st Century

July 2, 2019
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The Tribune, the Triumvirate, and the Ethos of the Senate

June 27, 2019
James Madison famously predicted that the constitution’s division of power would be enforced by the “personal motives” of those individuals holding public office. Ambition is made to counteract ambition when… Read More

If we want to improve lawmaking, we need to distinguish capacity from advantage

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June 3, 2019
Citizens, the news media, and legislators themselves have become increasingly concerned about Congress’s ability to carry out its core functions, from lawmaking to representation of public opinion on policy matters… Read More