The Senate – At War With Itself? A discussion with Molly Reynolds and James Wallner

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March 22, 2018
In this Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group session, Senate experts James Wallner and Molly Reynolds consider the reasons for the Senate’s dysfunction. The wide ranging discussion touches on partisan dynamics,… Read More

Video: Congressional Budget Process Discussion with Maya MacGuineas and Philip Joyce

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March 21, 2018
This Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group meeting took stock of the broken congressional budget process and likelihood of its reform with our budget expert guests, Maya MacGuineas and Philip Joyce. Read More

Video: Molly E. Reynolds discusses her book, Exceptions to the Rule: The Politics of Filibuster Limitations in the U.S. Senate

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December 21, 2017
The Hoover Institution’s Director of Washington Programs, Michael G. Franc, interviews author Molly E. Reynolds on her latest book, Exceptions to the Rule: The Politics of Filibuster Limitations in the… Read More

Deep Dive: Burgat and Glassman: What’s wrong with Congress? What’s right?

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November 28, 2017
R Street Governance Fellow Casey Burgat interviews Matt Glassman, Senior Fellow at Georgetown’s Government Affairs Institute, on all things Congress In the first episode of a new video series for… Read More

Video of meeting on appropriations and regular order

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November 7, 2017
At the October 2017 meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, Casey Burgat, Lee Drutman, Peter Hanson, and James Wallner examined and interpreted calls for “regular order” in the appropriations… Read More

Video of Meeting On: Congressional Procedure and Policymaking

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September 28, 2017
The Brookings Institution’s Molly E. Reynolds led the discussion of legislative procedure and policymaking at the September 2017 meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group. Dr. Reynolds is… Read More

Video of Meeting on Congress and Evidence-Based Policy

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July 31, 2017
The July 17, 2017 meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group examined the use of data and analyses in policy-making. Questions considered included: “What are the challenges Congress faces… Read More

Short Video Series On How to Conduct Oversight

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July 24, 2017
The Levin Center at Wayne State University’s law school has released a series of short videos on how to conduct oversight. Many topics are included, such as “structuring a hearing,”… Read More

Video of Meeting On: Does Congress Have the Capacity it Needs to Conduct Oversight?

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May 24, 2017
Envisioned by the founders as the “first” branch of government, Congress has the responsibility of overseeing and managing the other two arms of our constitutional system. And yet, as the… Read More

Video of Meeting On: Does Congress Have the Capacity It Needs In Foreign Affairs?

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April 20, 2017
The Constitution assigns Congress the power to declare war, fund the military, approve treaties and regulate commerce with other nations. Yet, over the past century presidents have taken the leading… Read More