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Video: Congress and the judiciary: What the House and Senate can do to fix the courts

June 18, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
 Court reform is moving to the forefront of political discourse. On the 2020 presidential campaign trail, candidates are… Read More

Permanent appropriations: Might they improve the budget process?

June 17, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
If you have not read Prof. Andrew Taylor’s article in the latest copy of National Affairs, you should. It is… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

June 14, 2019  ·  David Bahr
Kevin Kosar, “Congress’s tech policy knowledge gap,” Cato Unbound: “The current Congress might benefit from an OTA that spends more time on the latter than the former. One can… Read More

Video: Behind the committee doors: The staffing traits and trends of Congress’ legislative deal-breakers

June 12, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
 Congressional committees are well-known bodies in Washington, D.C. If you are in politics—whether a member, staffer, scholar or… Read More

Congress’ science and technology knowledge problem

June 11, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
 By Kevin R. Kosar “Suppose you were an idiot,” Mark Twain once quipped, “and suppose you were a member… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

June 7, 2019  ·  David Bahr
Mila Atmos, “Podcast with Brad Fitch, President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation,” FutureHindsight: “Brad Fitch is the President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation, a non-partisan… Read More

If we want to improve lawmaking, we need to distinguish capacity from advantage

June 3, 2019  ·  Jonathan Lewallen
Citizens, the news media, and legislators themselves have become increasingly concerned about Congress’s ability to carry out its core functions, from lawmaking to representation of public opinion on policy matters… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

May 31, 2019  ·  David Bahr
Kate Ackley, “Dingell, McCain honored for lifetime as defenders of Congress and democracy,” Roll Call: “The Congressional Management Foundation will honor the late Sen. … Read More

Intraparty organizations’ electoral coordination and party leader retribution

May 29, 2019  ·  Zachary A. McGee
The dynamics in Congress today increasingly reference intraparty organizations like the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) or the New Democrat Coalition. Groups like these, which have existed since at least the… Read More

Are amendment strategies learned through experience or contingent on the institution?

May 27, 2019  ·  Nicholas Howard, Mark Owens
Seniority in Congress is a standard explanation for why some legislators are more effective lawmakers. Studies in political science reinforce this assumption with empirical observations that senior members are more… Read More