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A Conservative Election Reform: Ranked-Choice Voting

May 13, 2021  ·  Matt Germer
“[T]he thinking conservative understands that permanence and change must be recognized and reconciled in a vigorous society.” When Russell Kirk penned his famous “Ten Conservative Principles” in 1993, he… Read More

Today: Select Committee to Hold Hearing on Improving Staff Capacity

May 6, 2021  ·  William Gray
Today, Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress will hold a hearing titled “Congressional Staff Capacity: Improving Staff and Professional Development, Increasing Retention and Competing for Top Talent.”  WHEN: Thursday,… Read More

WATCH: Government Accountability Office’s Next 100 Years — Oversight, Insight, and Foresight

May 5, 2021  ·  William Gray
This event was hosted Monday by the Lincoln Network. Description: 2021 year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). After World War I,… Read More

How the House Rules Committee started multitasking (and made House lawmaking even more centralized)

April 30, 2021  ·  Scott Meinke
During most of the modern polarized era, the outlines of the House lawmaking process have remained the same. For major legislation, the Rules Committee issues a special rule that… Read More

Protecting our Democracy: Reasserting Congress’ Power of the Purse

April 29, 2021  ·  William Gray
Today, the House Budget Committee will hold a hearing examining the importance of reasserting Congress’ power of the purse. Witnesses will discuss the proper balance of the separation of powers,… Read More

The Filibuster is Not a Veto

April 26, 2021  ·  James Wallner
This post originally appeared on Legislative Procedure. The filibuster is one of the Senate’s most recognizable features. The Washington Post recently called it “the most important rule in politics.” The… Read More

Roll Call: Senate GOP conference upholds earmarks ‘ban’

April 23, 2021  ·  William Gray
Jennifer Shutt reports in Roll Call about the latest with earmarks: Senate Republicans on Wednesday afternoon stuck with their conference’s internal earmark ban, but that won’t prevent those… Read More

Letter: Bipartisan Coalition Urges Appropriators to Restore Congress’ Power of the Purse

April 23, 2021  ·  Nan Swift
Dear Chairman Leahy, Vice Chairman Shelby, Senator Van Hollen, and Senator Hyde-Smith: We are an ideologically diverse coalition of organizations that have come together to preserve and promote the constitutional… Read More

If you don’t like the score, play better

April 19, 2021  ·  Nan Swift
Senate Democrats, frustrated their increasingly costly agenda is hitting some speedbumps (also known as business as usual), are considering a novel—and dangerous—solution to their legislative logjam: sub out the… Read More

A new resource for modernizing Congress

April 13, 2021  ·  William Gray
Today, the R Street Institute launched a new online tool in support of the House Select Committee’s ongoing work on the Modernization of Congress. Guide for a Modern Congress… Read More