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How the House Rules Committee started multitasking (and made House lawmaking even more centralized)

April 30, 2021  ·  Scott Meinke
During most of the modern polarized era, the outlines of the House lawmaking process have remained the same. For major legislation, the Rules Committee issues a special rule that… Read More

Changes to MTR rules remind us that Congress must ‘recommit’ to serving people over party

January 25, 2021  ·  Patrick Ramjug
In one of its first official acts, the 117th U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the parliamentary rules that will govern lower chamber proceedings for the next two… Read More

House of Representatives authorizes electronic submission of committee reports

May 26, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
The House of Representatives took another step toward adjusting its operations to the COVID-19 reality. This past week, the Clerk’s office authorized electronic submission of committee reports. Previously, committees… Read More

Why the House needs a new technology working group

February 27, 2020  ·  Claire Abernathy, Kevin Esterling, and Marci Harris
“The time has come to use advanced electronic data processing techniques in the legislative processes of Congress.” – Rep. Jack Brooks (D, TX), 1969. The House of Representatives cannot… Read More

Building a 21st century Congress that works

January 7, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
RSVP Less than one in four Americans have a favorable opinion of Congress. Many legislators and congressional staff feel frustrated that they cannot get things done. Yet,… Read More

Report of the Task Force Project on Congressional Reform

November 19, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
The American Political Science Association, the Brookings Institution, and the R Street Institute convened top scholars of Congress to examine the state of Congress and possible reforms. Download the… Read More

Testimony on zombie programs, aka unauthorized appropriations

October 31, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Written testimony of Kevin R. Kosar Vice President of Policy, R Street Institute Before the U.S. Senate, Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs,… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads —and listens— on Congress

September 27, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Casey Burgat, “Impeachment: What happens now?”, September 25, 2019 “Political observers and talking heads were quick to point out that Pelosi’s announcement did not answer important questions… Read More

Reinvigorating congressional reauthorizations

May 1, 2019  ·  E. Scott Adler
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       E. Scott Adler, University of Colorado, Boulder Reform:  Reinvigorating congressional reauthorizations While congressional… Read More

White Papers and Analysis

November 7, 2018  ·  LegBranch Team
Congressional Capacity and Reform Proposals Louis Fisher, Congress Must Protect its Constitutional Power Over War Kevin R. Kosar, The Atrophying of the Congressional Research Service’s Role in Supporting… Read More