Video of Meeting On Legislative Branch Reorganization

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November 22, 2016
Enjoy the melodious orations of Kevin Kosar (R Street Institute), Walter Oleszek (Congressional Research Service), and Mark Strand (Congressional Institute) during your lengthy holiday travels, or as you recover from… Read More

Banning Dialing for Dollars Will Not Fix Congress

November 21, 2016
By Kevin R. Kosar I agree with the conventional wisdom that congressmen spend entirely too much of their time raising money. Like many viewers, I cringed at John… Read More

Does Congress Finally Get That Business As Usual Should Not Continue?

November 9, 2016
By Kevin R. Kosar Nearly everyone is gobsmacked by last night’s election results. But should we really be so surprised? No, because a significant portion of the public has… Read More

How Congress Has Advanced Civil Liberties

October 26, 2016
Which branch of government comes to mind when you think of your rights? Many, if not most, Americans will think first of the judiciary. They might reference the Obergefell… Read More

Experts Call Upon Senate to Stabilize Committee Staff

October 19, 2016
The Honorable Mitch McConnell, United States Senate The Honorable Harry Reid, United States Senate The Honorable John Cornyn, United States Senate The Honorable Dick Durbin, United States Senate October 18, 2016… Read More

Video: Meeting to Discuss Whether the Office of Technology Assessment Should Be Revived

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October 18, 2016
The speakers at this October 19, 2016 meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group were: Kevin R. Kosar, R Street Institute John Costello, TechCongress Adam Keiper,… Read More

The Estranged Legislative and Executive Branches

September 28, 2016
Hugh Heclo’s A Government of Strangers, published 40 years ago, described the very different worlds of high-level federal appointees and the civil-servant worker bees they purportedly manage. Today… Read More

Proposed: A New Congressional Regulatory Office

September 22, 2016
If Congress has often been unwilling to actively control the output of the administrative state, over the years it has also become effectively unable to do so. As the… Read More

The First Congress

September 20, 2016
The September 26, 2016 copy of the Weekly Standard carries a review of Fergus Bordewich’s The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary… Read More

Materials On Senate Amendments for the September 19, 2016 Meeting

September 14, 2016
Our presenter is James Wallner, the author of the white paper, “Unprecedented: Informal Rules and Leader Power in the U.S. Senate.” Additional helpful reads are: Christopher M. Davis, “The… Read More