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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

February 15, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
Lee Drutman, “Can Congress fix itself?” Vox: “The committee begins its work with some big limits. It is initially authorized for only one year and can only issue recommendations… Read More

Will increasing small dollar donations polarize Congress?

February 14, 2019  ·  Misty Knight-Finley, Alex Keena
The costs of mounting a successful congressional campaign have increased exponentially over the last three decades. In order to win in this environment, members of Congress must increasingly… Read More

Video: America’s longest shutdown

February 13, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
LIVESTREAM:: America's Longest Shutdown @jiwallner, Charlie Bolton in @senrobportman's office, @julia_azari. https://t.co/l7WBznoJxZ — R Street Institute (@RSI) February 12,… Read More

McConnell follows in Reid’s footsteps

February 13, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Back when he was the Senate’s minority leader, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, disagreed profoundly with how Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., managed the institution. McConnell even accused Reid of doing “tremendous damage… Read More

McConnell maintains firm grip despite pledging to restore the Senate

February 12, 2019  ·  James Wallner
In January 2014, then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made the case that Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was running the “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body” into the… Read More

What LBJ can teach new Congress members about gaining power in the House

February 11, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
Robert Caro’s recent article on secrets he uncovered while digging through Lyndon Johnson’s archives provides fascinating glimpses into how political power is wielded in Washington. The ability… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

February 8, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
Kristina Peterson and Andrew Duehren, “Lawmakers Vow to Modernize Congress, One Modem at a Time,” Wall Street Journal: “Congress is a fixer-upper right now,” said Rep. Derek Kilmer (D.,… Read More

Rule on start-up funding for Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress approved

February 7, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
On January 29, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), chair of the Committee on House Administration, introduced H. Res. 86, “providing amounts for the expenses of the Select Committee… Read More

What to expect from GAO’s new science and technology office

February 5, 2019  ·  Zach Graves
Last week the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced the formation of a new office to aid Congress in understanding science and… Read More

Senate rules of procedure

February 5, 2019  ·  James Wallner
The Senate’s rules of procedure are comprised of five parts: the Constitution; Standing Rules; statutory rules; standing orders; and precedents. The interaction of these component parts creates the procedural architecture… Read More