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“Why We Left Congress”: Excerpts of Our Conversation with Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)

December 18, 2018  ·  Marian Currinder
Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA) represented Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District from January 2005 until he resigned in May 2018. During his tenure, Dent held a number of leadership positions. For two… Read More

Human capital and institutional decline in congressional appropriations committees

December 17, 2018  ·  Casey Burgat, Ryan Dukeman
The new, divided Congress about to be seated in January will feature one of the most reform-minded freshman classes in recent congressional history. As Congress considers sweeping electoral and institutional… Read More

“Why We Left Congress”: Excerpts of Our Conversation with Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA)

December 17, 2018  ·  Marian Currinder
Two-term Congressman Ryan Costello (R-PA) has represented Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District since January 2015. He currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is one of 12 House… Read More

Better late than never: Congress reforms process for handling sexual harassment complaints

December 14, 2018  ·  Kristin Nicholson
Finally! Nearly fourteen months after a cascade of #MeToo revelations led to fresh scrutiny of Congress’s opaque and antiquated process for handling sexual harassment complaints, significant reforms to the… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

December 14, 2018  ·  Marian Currinder
Lindsey McPherson, “Pelosi Agrees to Deal Limiting Her Speakership to 4 Years,” Roll Call: “Under an agreement reached with seven Democrats who opposed her speaker bid, Pelosi will back term… Read More

Will Congress score headlines or legislative wins in next session?

December 13, 2018  ·  Aubrey Neal, Anthony Marcum
The 116th Congress may be doomed before it even begins. Less than one month before the new session gavels in for the first time, members of both the House and… Read More

Throwback Thursday: Are we surprised the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform crashed and burned?

December 13, 2018  ·  Marian Currinder
Last February, Congress established a Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The committee, comprised of equal numbers of… Read More

“Why We Left Congress”: Excerpts of our conversation with Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA)

December 12, 2018  ·  Marian Currinder
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election in October 2007. In August 2017, she announced that she would not be running… Read More

How divided government affects lobbyist influence in Congress

December 11, 2018  ·  Geoff Lorenz
As a result of November’s mid-term elections, the national government will transition from a unified government, in which members of the Republican Party control the House, Senate, and the White… Read More

“Why We Left Congress”: Excerpts of our conversation with Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

December 10, 2018  ·  Marian Currinder
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) has represented Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District since January 2009. A former accountant who served six years as the treasurer of Kansas, Jenkins announced her decision to… Read More