Sticker-Schock: Breaking down Members’ Interior Design and Operation Spending

February 5, 2015
This piece was co-written with Mark Harkins, a Senior Fellow at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. He worked on Capitol Hill for over 17 years in various positions… Read More

Handicapping the GOP’s Prospects of Repealing Obamacare in the 114th Congress

January 13, 2015
It didn’t take them long, did it? Just a few days into the 114th Congress, Republicans in the House passed not one, but two bills to undo elements of the… Read More

New Republican rule complicates Rep. Paul Ryan’s future

November 17, 2014
New House Republican Conference rules prevent members seeking higher office to hold committee and subcommittee chairs. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said, the “idea is not to have major committees,… Read More

Income inequality did not affect the midterms – unless this was a very weird election.

November 7, 2014
Democrats are searching for explanations to Tuesday’s thorough defeat. Aside from obvious considerations – low turnout, 6th year election, etc. – there are several arguments that the economy was a… Read More

Congressional Abdication at its Finest

October 22, 2014
Ebola is the most recent “crisis” (footnote: “crisis” is a loose term given Ebola’s relative lack of impact on the health of individual Americans) is highlighting a severe abdication of… Read More

Can Democrats replace Ginsburg?

September 25, 2014
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in an Elle magazine interview, announced she would not retire because, “[Obama] could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see on… Read More

Congress out of session does not mean Congress isn’t working

September 22, 2014
The Fix blog at the Washington Post has an article arguing that since 1978, Congress has only worked a full week 14% of the time. This is a common—and extraordinarily… Read More

Recess is Over: Congress (will be) back in Session.

September 4, 2014
Congress returns from recess next week after an unexpectedly successful final week in July. Congress passed a significant Veterans health bill and temporarily extended the Highway Trust Fund. While there… Read More

Selection Bias and Voluntary Drug Testing Part II

August 12, 2014
In August of 2011, a post of mine addressed the policy of drug testing welfare recipients. At that time, much was made of the fact that Florida’s mandatory drug testing policy produced… Read More

No, the Senate did not block the House Border Bills – Yet

August 5, 2014
The Washington Examiner reported today, “in a matter of minutes, Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a pair of House bills that would have provided nearly $700 million to deal with… Read More