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Oversight for political purposes

October 24, 2018  ·  Aubrey Neal
Congressional oversight capabilities have become weaponized for political purposes by both parties. Supervisory power is most productive when used as a bipartisan tool to keep all elements of our government… Read More

More heat than light: New Conservative amending activity in the U.S. House

October 24, 2018  ·  Chris Den Hartog and Timothy Nokken
For almost a decade, House Republicans from the Tea Party, Liberty, and Freedom Caucuses—to whom we give the collective label “New Conservatives”—have repeatedly and publicly clashed with House Republican… Read More

Nationalized elections and the 2018 U.S. Senate midterms

October 23, 2018  ·  Joel Sievert
In the months leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, media outlets and academics have devoted considerable attention to the potential for Democratic gains in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More

House “Dear Colleague” letter soliciting support for bipartisan rules reforms in the 116th Congress

October 22, 2018  ·  LegBranch Team
Support Bipartisan Rules Reforms in the 116th Congress Sending Office: Honorable Derek KilmerRequest for Signature(s) Current cosigners: Kilmer, Buck, Rice, Bergman, Bustos, Gallagher, Bera, Biggs, Welch, Moulton,… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

October 19, 2018  ·  Marian Currinder
Hans Noel, “The Senate represents states, not people. That’s the problem,” Vox: “These concerns were central for the Framers, who were looking at the Constitution from the very state-centered… Read More

D or R > X or Y: Party trumps sex in the contemporary Congress

October 18, 2018  ·  LegBranch Team
By Jennifer L. Lawless and Sean M. Theriault When Republican Senator Susan Collins took to the Senate floor last week to announce whether she would vote to… Read More

New R Street policy paper: How young lawyers can help restore congressional capacity

October 17, 2018  ·  Anthony Marcum, C. Jarrett Dieterle, Casey Burgat
Nearly eighty percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress does its job. Much of the blame can be attributed to its failure to substantively address many of the policy… Read More

The great earmark debate: Who should determine federal spending priorities?

October 16, 2018  ·  Steven Gordon
Opponents in the debate over earmarks have never fallen neatly along the partisan divide. Outspoken critics – organizations such as Citizens Against Government Waste and Taxpayers for Common Sense,… Read More

Video available for lecture series on Congress and congressional capacity

October 15, 2018  ·  LegBranch Team
This past August, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosted a weekly lecture series on Congress and congressional capacity. Congressional scholars presented new research on various aspects of… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

October 12, 2018  ·  LegBranch Team
Amber Phillips, “The Kavanaugh fight was historically ugly. Blame a Congress that was primed to bungle it,” Washington Post: “The vast majority of senators on… Read More