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Event: Is Congress too conflictual?

February 25, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
Illustration of Judge David S. Terry stabbing S.A. Hopkins of the Vigilance Committee in 1856. RSVP March 9, 2020 12pm Rayburn 2043 The chambers of… Read More

ICYMI: Why $1 trillion deficits are here to stay

February 24, 2020  ·  Brian Riedl
Between 2019 and 2049, the Social Security system will collect $56 trillion in payroll taxes and benefit taxes, and spend $75 trillion in benefits. That resulting $19 trillion cash shortfall… Read More

How Mitch McConnell masters the Senate

February 22, 2020  ·  James Wallner
During the Great Depression, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and poet Carl Sandburg posed the question, “What is history but a few Big Names plus People?” Eighty-four years later,… Read More

The power of privacy in legislative negotiations

February 21, 2020  ·  Sarah Anderson, Daniel Butler, and Laurel Harbridge-Yong
Academics and commentators often bemoan legislative gridlock. The public is similarly frustrated by Congress’ failure to solve problems. For instance, in a 2016 Gallup poll, just 13 percent of… Read More

Congress takes steps to rein in emergency authorities

February 20, 2020  ·  Kristie De Peña
This Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, meant to funnel billions of dollars earmarked for military construction and defense to the building of… Read More

Podcast: How House legislators are forced to raise money for their parties

February 19, 2020  ·  IssueOne
During their orientation on Capitol Hill, new members of Congress learn about a decades-old tradition often referred to as dialing for dollars, or dues. Political leaders effectively turn newly elected… Read More

There is no app for self-government

February 17, 2020  ·  James Wallner
Louis Maurer, c1860. Source: Library of Congress. There is, at present, a widespread sense among Americans that something has broken politics. Most people think the problem is unchecked partisan… Read More

Want to be a Congressional Innovation Scholar?

February 14, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
TechCongress is growing again, and now recruiting for an expanded 2020 class of Congressional Innovation Scholars, our pipeline to Congress for graduate students in technical degree programs.    The… Read More

Podcast: The Senate post-impeachment

February 12, 2020  ·  James Wallner
R Street Institute’s James Wallner and joins Matt Glassman, Josh Huder, and Mark Harkins of the Government Affairs Institute. They give a post mortem on the impeachment trial, and… Read More

Today: Reforming presidential emergency and war powers

February 11, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
Source: RSVP here Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Congress has delegated to the executive its authorities over war-making and national emergencies. For certain, Alexander… Read More