New Report: 1 in 8 congressional staffers in D.C. aren’t paid a living wage
A new report from Issue One analyzing LegiStorm data highlights “why Congress should invest in greater compensation for its junior staff.” Among the key findings: 1 in 8… Read More
States should run elections. Here’s how they can run them better.
Last week, the R Street Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Bipartisan Policy Center, Issue One and Unite America released a new report on election reform, targeting policy changes that, if implemented, would… Read More
Democrats Can Beat a GOP Filibuster Without Wrecking Senate Rules
This piece first appeared in Reason. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris want Congress to pass two voting rights bills presently stuck in the Senate. Biden and Harris… Read More
Congressional Management Foundation: What Does Working in Congress Mean to You?
In 2011, the Congressional Management Foundation surveyed more than 1,400 congressional staff and asked an open-ended question: What does working in Congress mean to you? They received more… Read More
What do we currently know about the Build Back Better Act?
UPDATED: 11/18/2021 4:05 PM With news sources reporting that a vote on the Build Back Better (BBB) Act, the Biden administration’s signature piece of legislation, could come as early… Read More
EVENT: Obstacles to the Democratic Agenda on Capitol Hill
Register here. When: November 18 2021 12:00-1:00PM Where: Virtual Moderator: Jonathan Bydlak, Policy Director, Governance, R Street Institute Panelists: James Wallner, Senior Fellow, R Street InstituteMolly Reynolds, Senior Fellow,… Read More
House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress achieves progress on recommendations
Impermanent committees too often get a bad rap in Washington. People are quick to point to the 2011 Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction—sometimes called the “Supercommittee”—or the more… Read More
EVENT: Losers’ Consent: How do we stabilize our democracy?
The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 was not an isolated incident; rather, it marked the culmination of the ongoing degradation of our political culture. A successful democracy relies upon… Read More
The People’s Branch
The people’s branch, Congress, was designed as a platform for the American people to have a conversation about policy. It is their medium through which to tell their stories. Read More
A Necessary Step to Stabilizing our Democracy – Restoring Loser’s Consent
The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 was not an isolated incident; rather, it was the culmination of the ongoing degradation of our political culture. A successful… Read More