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Will Democrats Really Nuke the Filibuster—and What Happens If They Do?

March 24, 2021  ·  William Gray
James Wallner writes in Reason: A growing number of Biden’s supporters want Senate Democrats to abolish the filibuster through another route: the so-called nuclear option. This is a procedural… Read More

Roll Call: House Republican Conference votes to bring back earmarks

March 18, 2021  ·  William Gray
Roll Call reports: House Republicans lifted their decade-old ban on earmarks Wednesday during a closed-door vote, freeing up members to request “congressionally directed spending” under … Read More

The Precarious State of War Powers

March 12, 2021  ·  Elayne Allen
by Elayne Allen and Kevin Kosar It has been long established by analysts across the political spectrum that Congress has ceded vast constitutional authority to the presidency. On a variety… Read More

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