Save the Date: Next Meeting Is On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 12 PM

October 4, 2016
Source: VisitTheCapitol.gov The fifth meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group will be held in the Capitol Visitors Center (SVC 203-2) on Wednesday, October 19th at 12pm. Lunch will… Read More

Dear Colleague Letter on Creating a Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress

September 20, 2016
The below “Dear Colleague” letter was sent to House of Representative offices on September 20, 2016. Become an Original Cosponsor: H.Con.Res.XXXX – Establishing a Joint Committee on the Organization… Read More

The First Congress

September 20, 2016
The September 26, 2016 copy of the Weekly Standard carries a review of Fergus Bordewich’s The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary… Read More

Materials On Senate Amendments for the September 19, 2016 Meeting

September 14, 2016
Our presenter is James Wallner, the author of the white paper, “Unprecedented: Informal Rules and Leader Power in the U.S. Senate.” Additional helpful reads are: Christopher M. Davis, “The… Read More

Congressional Staff: Help Scholars Understand Your Needs

August 29, 2016
Photo credit: Kevin R. Kosar Blog post by Profs. Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Matto Mildenberger, and Leah Stokes How do legislative staffers gather and review information about policy proposals? What… Read More

How Effective Is Your Member of Congress?

August 29, 2016
Blog post by Profs. Craig Volden and Alan E. Wiseman  How can legislative staffs help their members of Congress become effective… Read More

ICYMI: Members of Congress Publish Essays On the State of Congress

August 24, 2016
The July 2016 copy of PS: Political Science and Politics carries essays by four members of Congress (one former and three current). This unusual and happy development was the… Read More

Next Meeting: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 12pm in the Capitol Visitors Center

August 10, 2016
Source: VisitTheCapitol.gov Save the date! We’ll be in the CVC and providing lunch to attendees. The topic du jour and an official invitation is forthcoming. Read More

How the Congressional Management Foundation Can Help Congressional Staffers

August 10, 2016
Blogpost by Kathy Goldschmidt, Congressional Management Foundation Innovations in technology have revolutionized how people communicate with one another and with their elected leaders, which has caused the number… Read More

Would Adding More Members to Congress Make It Function Better?

August 9, 2016
Source: Kevin R. Kosar Writing for Aeon, David V. Johnson says a legislature should be “large enough to reflect the interests of an entire people.” He notes that James… Read More