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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

April 12, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
Eliza Collins, “How Nancy Pelosi is leading divided Democrats through political turmoil, Trump’s administration,” USA Today: “The only woman to become speaker of the House – not once, but twice –… Read More

Options for increasing congressional capacity on complex regulatory matters

April 11, 2019  ·  Philip Wallach
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       Philip Wallach, R Street Institute Reform:   Options for Increasing Congressional Capacity on… Read More

Make Congress (properly) political again

April 10, 2019  ·  Philip Wallach
Chris DeMuth’s new essay powerfully and convincingly argues that well-functioning representative government is a necessary condition for national cohesion in our democratic age. DeMuth is not starry-eyed about legislatures, or… Read More

The value of seniority in today’s House of Representatives

April 10, 2019  ·  Andrew Taylor
During the “Textbook Congress” era from roughly the late-1940s to the early-1970s, seniority was tremendously valuable to members of Congress, particularly in the House.  Since World War II, data demonstrate… Read More

Shutdowns and their discontents

April 9, 2019  ·  Josh Chafetz
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       Josh Chafetz, Cornell Law School Reform:   Shutdowns and their discontents Almost no… Read More

Republicans go nuclear: An after action report

April 8, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Republicans in the Senate finally acted to change the rules to speed up the confirmation process for some presidential nominations. They used the nuclear option to shorten the amount of… Read More

Leadership development in Congress:  Background and proposals for reform

April 7, 2019  ·  Matthew Green, Douglas Harris
Please do not cite without permission of the authors. Executive Summary Both political parties in the U.S. House of Representatives follow several norms and informal practices that contribute to leadership… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

April 5, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
Niels Lesniewski, “‘Nuclear’ fallout in Senate might take some time to register,” Roll Call: “The Senate’s Geiger counters hardly registered Wednesday afternoon after the most recent deployments of the “nuclear option”… Read More

The good, the bad, and the ugly: House committee authorizations edition

April 4, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat
Follow the money. The  cliche is typically employed  by investigators looking to break a case. But the saying applies to Congress, as well. In order… Read More

Congressional capacity and reform: The role of staff

April 3, 2019  ·  Tracy Sulkin
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:       Tracy Sulkin, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Reform:   Congressional capacity and… Read More