Podcast: Should the House have more members?

March 19, 2020
Are 435 members able to represent effectively a diverse electorate comprised of almost 330 million people? If not, how many members should the House have? And will increasing the size… Read More

What has Congress done about Coronavirus so far?

March 13, 2020
Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine What has actually passed so far? H.R. 6074, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, was introduced and passed under suspension of the… Read More

How can Congress keep working during COVID-19 while keep legislators and staff safe?

March 12, 2020
The rapid spread of coronavirus has made it unsafe and unwise for members of Congress — many of whom are among those most likely to become grievously ill — to… Read More

ICYMI: 70 former senators declare that Congress is failing in its duties

February 26, 2020
The Washington Post ran this letter from 70 former Democratic and Republican senators: An open letter to the U.S. Senate: Congress is not fulfilling its constitutional duties. Much of the… Read More

Event: Is Congress too conflictual?

February 25, 2020
Illustration of Judge David S. Terry stabbing S.A. Hopkins of the Vigilance Committee in 1856. RSVP March 9, 2020 12pm Rayburn 2043 The chambers of… Read More

The power of privacy in legislative negotiations

February 21, 2020
Academics and commentators often bemoan legislative gridlock. The public is similarly frustrated by Congress’ failure to solve problems. For instance, in a 2016 Gallup poll, just 13 percent of… Read More

There is no app for self-government

February 17, 2020
Louis Maurer, c1860. Source: Library of Congress. There is, at present, a widespread sense among Americans that something has broken politics. Most people think the problem is unchecked partisan… Read More

Want to be a Congressional Innovation Scholar?

February 14, 2020
TechCongress is growing again, and now recruiting for an expanded 2020 class of Congressional Innovation Scholars, our pipeline to Congress for graduate students in technical degree programs.    The… Read More

A time to build Congress

February 5, 2020
Gallup polls show public approval of Congress remains around 20 percent. The dissatisfaction also is widespread within the Capitol. “This place sucks,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D, WV, vented… Read More

Congress rebuked but not reimagined

January 28, 2020
Source: CNN.com “If we break this contract, throw us out. We mean it.” So pronounced the bottom line of a Republican National Committee ad, which laid out the Contract… Read More