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Event: Investigating January 6: A Conversation with the 9/11 Commission Chairs

March 10, 2021  ·  William Gray
The January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol left Congress, and the nation, staggered. It attempted to prevent the democratic process of counting the election results and the transfer of… Read More

Event: Congressional Norms in an Era of Conflict

March 9, 2021  ·  William Gray
The U.S. Congress depends on informal rules — norms — to function.  Many traditional norms such as courtesy and reciprocity are under siege in this age of partisan conflict.  What… Read More

Congress once again gives away the farm

March 2, 2021  ·  Nan Swift
Tom Vilsack will once again assume the top spot at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to support his confirmation. Vilsack previously served as Secretary… Read More

Can Republicans and Democrats finally address the national debt?

March 2, 2021  ·  Jonathan Bydlak
Perhaps the most surprising outcome of the 2020 elections is the narrowness of the governing margins in Congress. While Joe Biden was expected by most observers to be the next… Read More

New Poll Finds Majority of Republican Voters Lost Faith in Elections

March 1, 2021  ·  William Gray
A majority of Republican voters—67 percent—across the country believe the 2020 presidential election was invalid, according to a new poll by the R Street Institute and the Tyson Group. Seventy-five… Read More

Video: The Potential Return of Earmarks

February 18, 2021  ·  William Gray
Wednesday morning, Taxpayers for Common Sense President Stephen Ellis and Congressional Institute President Mark Strand talked about the potential return of earmarks on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. They… Read More

How Congress tricks Americans (with David Schoenbrod)

February 12, 2021  ·  William Gray
American Enterprise Institute Resident Scholar Kevin Kosar spoke with David Schoenbrod about his new book DC Confidential: Inside the Five Tricks of Washington. David is a Trustee Professor at… Read More

Congress Should Be Mightier Than A Pen

February 9, 2021  ·  Nan Swift
In less than three weeks, President Biden has signed 28 executive orders. This pace puts him well ahead of his predecessors and could soon beat the previous record for “most executive… Read More

Changes to MTR rules remind us that Congress must ‘recommit’ to serving people over party

January 25, 2021  ·  Patrick Ramjug
In one of its first official acts, the 117th U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the parliamentary rules that will govern lower chamber proceedings for the next two… Read More

Event Series from Bipartisan Policy Center — Modernizing Congress: Progress and Prospects

January 19, 2021  ·  William Gray
The Bipartisan Policy Center is holding an event series on modernizing Congress beginning January 28th. Learn more here and details below from BPC: Congress is an underperforming institution—hindered by… Read More