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New R Sheet: Post-cloture debate time for presidential nominations

March 20, 2019  ·  James Wallner, Kevin Kosar
Key Points: 1) Republicans can speed up the confirmation process by enforcing the Senate’s current rules and practices. 2) Strictly enforcing the provisions of Rule XXII limits the amount… Read More

GAO versus the ghost of OTA: Who will win the science and technology assessment race?

March 20, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Hardly anyone would argue that Congress is well equipped to make technology policy. Very few members are techies, and let’s face it, innovation is hurtling forward at a mind-blowing pace. Read More

The national tide falls short in the U.S. Senate

March 19, 2019  ·  Carlos Algara
On the same night that Democrats celebrated a 40-seat pickup in the U.S. House of Representatives, they failed to gain control of the U.S. Senate. Faced with the highest number… Read More

New report: Who’s on the Hill?

March 18, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat, Ryan Dukeman
On Capitol Hill, any issue area expertise in committee offices largely stems from the staffers who support each committees’ operations. After all, committee work is only one component of a member’s… Read More

The ‘World’s Greatest Deliberative Body’? Yeah, right.

March 18, 2019  ·  James Wallner
It’s hard to imagine the Senate being any more dysfunctional than it already is. And yet here we are. Reports indicate that Republicans, frustrated by how long it takes to confirm… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

March 15, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
Kate Ackley, “‘Dead billionaires’ and a tech Peace Corps? Lawmakers float ideas to fix Congress,” Roll Call: “Hoyer and other lawmakers also called on the committee to recommend better… Read More

In defense of passionate women

March 14, 2019  ·  Colleen J. Shogan
March is Women’s History Month, a fitting precursor to an even bigger celebration. On June 4, 2019, the United States will begin its centennial commemoration of the nineteenth… Read More

Video: Can the other branches help restore Congress?

March 14, 2019  ·  Philip Wallach
On February 6, 2019, the Federalist Society’s Article I Initiative and the Georgetown Student Chapter co-sponsored the first Legislative Branch Review Conference. The first panel asked “Can the Other… Read More

Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress: Member Day Hearing

March 13, 2019  ·  Marian Currinder
The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a Member Day hearing on March 12, 2019. Testimony from the 31 members who appeared before the committee can be viewed… Read More

Congressional representation might be nationalizing, but some politics is still local

March 13, 2019  ·  Charles Hunt
In  The Increasingly United States of America, Daniel J. Hopkins argues convincingly that due to the increased salience, coherence, and identification of voters… Read More