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

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