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APSA Task Force Memorandum: Congressional staffing diversity and retention

September 5, 2019  ·  Kathryn Pearson et al.
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:      Kathryn Pearson, Chair, University of Minnesota ; Casey Burgat, R Street Institute; Menna… Read More

Rules as constraints vs. rules as leverage

September 4, 2019  ·  James Wallner
One reason for the Senate’s present dysfunction is that its members interpret incorrectly how its rules operate in practice. Take, for example, two recent op-eds written by the… Read More

McConnell downplays Republicans’ use of the nuclear option

September 3, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Radical. That is how Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., describes the 2013 decision by his Democratic colleagues in the Senate to scrap the filibuster for all presidential nominations other than those for… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

August 30, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Richard Ahrenberg, “Strange bedfellows oppose the filibuster,” The Hill, August 24, 2019. “Such bipartisan resolve [to end the filibuster] might be welcome if the objective were not so misguided. Read More

Modernizing Congress: A conversation with Lorelei Kelly

August 29, 2019  ·  Lorelei Kelly
The Scholars Strategy network interviewed Lorelei Kelly, author of the report, Modernizing Congress: Bringing Democracy into the 21st Century. Click here to listen to the podcast or download… Read More

Neither Republicans nor Democrats respect Senate rules

August 28, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, has a word of warning for Democrats: Don’t scrap the filibuster. In a recent op-ed, the Senate majority leader writes that his Democratic colleagues… Read More

Which House committees are the most partisan?

August 27, 2019  ·  Joshua Ryan
Congressional scholars have long suggested that some committees in the House of Representatives are more partisan than others as a natural consequence of the types of issues different committees deal… Read More

Survey reveals a majority of Americans believe their Members of Congress do not represent them the best

August 26, 2019  ·  Ashley English, Kathryn Pearson, & Dara Strolovitch
James Madison wrote in Federalist 52 that the House of Representatives “should have an immediate dependence on, and an intimate sympathy with, the people.” This is why the framers… Read More

ICYMI: Former Senate majority leader advocates abolishing the flibuster

August 23, 2019  ·  Harry Reid
Official portrait, United States Congress, via Wikipedia. In the New York Times, former majority leader Harry Reid (D, NV) wrote: “The Senate is now a place where the most pressing… Read More

Groups request more visibility from House’s Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group

August 21, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
August 14, 2019 The Honorable Douglas Letter Office of General Counsel 219 Cannon House Office Building U.S House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Mr. Letter:… Read More