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

It’s time to strengthen legislative diplomacy

January 16, 2020
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (center; D-OH) with representatives of the Ukrainian and Georgian parliaments and scholars at the Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress. Members of Congress on… Read More

Which senators and representatives tweet the most?

December 23, 2019
Source: Quorum.us Source: Quorum.us These questions and many more are answered in Quorum’s 2019 report, “Congress on Social Media.” Copies are available here. Read More

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