Old delay tactics won’t work in an impeachment trial

December 19, 2019
The House Judiciary Committee released its report to accompany the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump approved last week by its members on a party-line… Read More

Save the Date: January 10 conference on oversight

December 18, 2019
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The Senate already has Rules for impeachment trials

December 15, 2019
If the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., predicted that he and his colleagues would wait until after the… Read More

Resolution to modernize Congress introduced

December 14, 2019
Members of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress produced a resolution to upgrade the chamber through improvements to human resources and development, legislative technology, and more. The text… Read More

From citizens to data points: A word of caution for legislators

December 10, 2019
Source: RollCall.com. Currently, uses of technology in Congress are preventing citizens from meaningfully engaging with their policymakers. Technologies such as constituent databases provide helpful tools for collecting, storing, and… Read More

My meeting with the King of Jordan, or the inevitability of legislative diplomacy

November 25, 2019
Pope Francis addresses Congress in 2015. Editor’s note: This speech was given before the Open World Leadership Center’s conference on women in leadership and legislative diplomacy on November 19,… Read More

House may vote to extend Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress today

November 14, 2019
The House of Representatives may vote today to extend the duration of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (SCMC). The vehicle for the extension appears to be a… Read More

Four questions about the public impeachment hearings

November 13, 2019
On Wednesday, the House’s impeachment inquiry will go public when it holds its first hearing on the Ukrainian scandal that will be open to the public. The House Permanent Select… Read More

Congressional Capacity and Endless War in Afghanistan & Syria

November 8, 2019
Source: Defense.gov. RSVP here. U.S. military personnel invaded Afghanistan almost two decades ago, and the U.S government began supplying aid to Syrian rebels in 2012. In… Read More

Evidence-based legislating: The missing link in efforts to resurrect Congress as the co-equal branch

October 28, 2019
The members of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress have been called “superheroes” for their strong bipartisan recommendations by Bruce Patton of the… Read More