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Reinvigorating congressional reauthorizations

May 1, 2019  ·  E. Scott Adler
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       E. Scott Adler, University of Colorado, Boulder Reform:  Reinvigorating congressional reauthorizations While congressional… Read More

Interest groups are out-performing the parties in congressional primaries

April 29, 2019  ·  Cory Manento
Party organizations have historically been successful in nominating their preferred candidates. However, thanks to the creation of super PACs, interest groups have become integral in determining candidates’ success… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

April 26, 2019  ·  David Bahr
James C. Capretta, “Spending Caps Fight Exposes Both Parties’ Weaknesses,” Real Clear Policy: “This bipartisan consensus to ignore the nation’s budgetary challenges probably won’t change until outside events force… Read More

Leadership development in Congress

April 24, 2019  ·  Matthew Green, Douglas Harris
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       Matthew N. Green, Catholic University, and Douglas Harris, Loyola University Maryland… Read More

How the Senate keeps track of its precedents

April 22, 2019  ·  James Wallner
An intricate architecture of rules and practices governs the legislative process in the Senate. The institution’s procedural structure rests on five interlocking supports: the Constitution; the Standing Rules of the… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

April 19, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
Katherine Tully-McManus, “IG Report: Some members of Congress sexually harassed night-shift custodians,” Roll Call: “Members of Congress allegedly sexually harassed night shift custodial staff while they cleaned their offices. Read More

How centralized or decentralized should power be in the House of Representatives?

April 18, 2019  ·  James Curry
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       James M. Curry, University of Utah Reform:  How centralized or decentralized should… Read More

Create a Professional Advisory Council for committees, remove cameras from hearings (at least some of them), reform committee jurisdictions

April 17, 2019  ·  Maya Kornberg
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       Maya Kornberg, Ph.D. candidate, Oxford University Reform:   Create a Professional Advisory Council… Read More

Potential non-salary staffing reforms

April 16, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       Casey Burgat, Senior Fellow, R Street Institute Reform:   Potential non-salary staffing reforms… Read More

Automatic CRs treat the symptom, not the disease

April 15, 2019  ·  Sarah Binder
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       Sarah Binder, Brookings Institution and George Washington University Reform:   Automatic CRs treat… Read More