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Coronavirus shows why good budgeting matters

March 27, 2020  ·  Jonathan Bydlak
Amid the worsening coronavirus outbreak, it’s no secret that the recent flurry of emergency measures are going to drastically worsen the federal budget outlook when there already isn’t much slack… Read More

In Congress, assembled: A virtual Congress creates more problems than it solves

March 26, 2020  ·  Timothy LaPira and James Wallner
The coronavirus has disrupted life for millions of Americans. People across the country have altered their daily routines in a bid to slow its spread. In many states, bars, churches,… Read More

Fiscal policy in a time of crisis

March 24, 2020  ·  Jonathan Bydlak
Download the PDF version. Key points: 1) Congress is poised to act, but not all action will make things better2) Relief that is timely, targeted and temporary is… Read More

James Wallner on coronavrius and Congress

March 24, 2020  ·  James Wallner

Congress needs to enable itself to operate remotely

March 23, 2020  ·  Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann
“Two members of Congress have already tested positive for covid-19. Imagine if 250 members of the House or 55 members of the Senate contracted the disease and were hospitalized or… Read More

Sens. Portman and Durbin introduce bill to permit remote voting in the Senate

March 19, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
From a press release: “Today [March 19, 2020] , U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bipartisan resolution to amend the Standing Rules of the… Read More

Podcast: Should the House have more members?

March 19, 2020  ·  James Wallner
Are 435 members able to represent effectively a diverse electorate comprised of almost 330 million people? If not, how many members should the House have? And will increasing the size… Read More

Broad coalition calls for Congress to reclaim its national security powers

March 18, 2020  ·  LegBranch Team
Statement of Principles All Americans have a stake in decisions to go to war, bypass ordinary laws through emergency declarations, or sell weapons to foreign regimes. That is why the… Read More

Remote voting by Congress? Not so fast.

March 16, 2020  ·  Joshua Huder
Amid a growing pandemic where social interaction could threaten health, many questions have been raised about the continuity of operations on Capitol Hill. Not for the first time, remote… Read More

Some good news from the Hill: Congress is standing up for itself, together

March 15, 2020  ·  Soren Dayton and Anthony Marcum
Source: House Rules Committee, March 3, 2020. It is rare these days that people have happy news to share in the nation’s capital. But we are here to do… Read More