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Report of the Task Force Project on Congressional Reform

November 19, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
The American Political Science Association, the Brookings Institution, and the R Street Institute convened top scholars of Congress to examine the state of Congress and possible reforms. Download the… Read More

Checks and imbalances: Investment disparity between Congress and the presidency

November 19, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat
Three coequal branches of government, each continuously serving as an effective check on the others. That was and is the theory, the ideal, and the goal of the American… Read More

Today: Hearing on Administrative Efficiencies: Exploring Options to Streamline Operations in the U.S. House of Representatives

November 16, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress will hold a hearing titled “Administrative Efficiencies: Exploring Options to Streamline Operations in the U.S. House of Representatives” on Friday, November 15,… Read More

Senate Budget Committee reports budget reform legislation

November 15, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
S. 2765, Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act Bill text is at: Cosponsors: Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Angus King (I-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC),… Read More

House may vote to extend Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress today

November 14, 2019  ·  Kevin R. Kosar
The House of Representatives may vote today to extend the duration of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (SCMC). The vehicle for the extension appears to be a… Read More

Four questions about the public impeachment hearings

November 13, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat
On Wednesday, the House’s impeachment inquiry will go public when it holds its first hearing on the Ukrainian scandal that will be open to the public. The House Permanent Select… Read More

Losing staff can make you a less effective lawmaker

November 13, 2019  ·  Andrew J. Clarke
The modern Congress is, in many ways, held together by a cadre of talented, but under-resourced, professionals. As the lawmaking environment continues to grow more complex, congressional offices… Read More

Congressional undersight: Congress’s low capacity in foreign affairs and war-making

November 12, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat
Currently, however, Congress’s oversight capacity is alarmingly lacking. The legislative branch simply does not have the levels of staff resources, funding or expertise to conduct effective oversight of the executive… Read More

Recommendation to the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress to bolster remote and district office technology for First Branch Continuity of Government

November 9, 2019  ·  Lorelei Kelly and Marci Harris
Aftermath of the 1915 bombing of the Capitol. Source: Library of Congress. The ability to receive and convey secure information is a constitutional imperative for Members of Congress and… Read More

Congressional Capacity and Endless War in Afghanistan & Syria

November 8, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Source: RSVP here. U.S. military personnel invaded Afghanistan almost two decades ago, and the U.S government began supplying aid to Syrian rebels in 2012. In… Read More