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Senate Judiciary Committee’s Record on Virtual Hearings: May – Sept. 2020

October 6, 2020  ·  Anthony Marcum
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted Congress. According to GovTrack, 72 members of Congress so far “have been quarantined, tested positive for COVID-19, or came in contact with someone with COVID-19.”… Read More

Podcast: Megan Reiss, National Security Policy Advisor for Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)

October 5, 2020  ·  William Gray
Megan Reiss is national security policy advisor for Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, and she joined the Why Public Service? podcast to talk about her work. She previously was… Read More

What can we learn from other nations about pernicious polarization in the United States?

October 5, 2020  ·  William Gray
In the latest episode of Politics In Question, Jennifer McCoy joins Julia, Lee, and James to discuss political polarization in the United States and worldwide. McCoy is… Read More

Norms, Precedents and Senate Confirmation

October 2, 2020  ·  Joshua Huder
The Supreme Court vacancy created by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing has thrust the Senate’s constitutional confirmation function into an already chaotic 2020 election cycle. Senate Majority Leader McConnell appears… Read More

ICYMI: Fixing the House means more staff pay and member budget sway, panel concludes

October 1, 2020  ·  William Gray
David Hawkings over at The Fulcrum writes about the latest set of bipartisan recommendations passed by the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. He writes: “The… Read More

ICYMI: Members of Congress have lost control over spending

September 30, 2020  ·  Molly E. Reynolds
(This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post.) The Constitution affords Congress the “power of the purse”: “No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in Consequence of Appropriations… Read More

For Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation process, the Constitution is on Senate GOP’s side

September 29, 2020  ·  James Wallner
(This piece originally appeared in the Washington Examiner.) Republicans are poised to remake the Supreme Court in their image. On Saturday, President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett… Read More

Twelve Ways to Find Dirt in “Clean” Appropriations Bills

September 29, 2020  ·  James Wallner
(This piece originally appeared in Legislative Procedure.) If Congress does not act soon, funding for approximately one-third of the Federal government will expire on Thursday, at the end of… Read More

Members of Congress are specializing less often. That makes them less effective.

September 28, 2020  ·  William Gray
In a new op-ed for the Washington Post, Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman make the case that Congress needs more expertise – and explain how to encourage changing that… Read More

ICYMI: Why Public Service? podcast interviews Amber McReynolds

September 28, 2020  ·  William Gray
“I think the first problem is most people do not understand how elections work and I would count the politicians in that. I think most elected leaders actually don’t understand… Read More