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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

September 14, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
David Lerman, “Senate appropriations process continues to devolve,” Roll Call. September 11, 2019. “The Appropriations Committee announced it will postpone consideration of its fiscal 2020… Read More

APSA Task Force Memorandum: The House of Representatives’ work schedule: Issues, and options for reform

September 12, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:      Prof. Jason Roberts, University of North Carolina, chair; Prof. James Curry, University of Utah;… Read More

Which colleges and universities are tops in producing DC-based congressional staff?

September 11, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat
Source: Casey Burgat, LegBranch.org As the above flight path illustration shows, congressional staffers come from colleges all over the country. Each line represents a college who has produced a congressional… Read More

Explainer on the who, why, and what of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

September 10, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Download the complete explainer here. Read More

How small is Congress relative to government?

September 9, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat
Source: Casey Burgat, LegBranch.org The upcoming issue of Extensions, a journal published by the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma, will present a symposium… Read More

Join us for an update on the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

September 6, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Click to RSVP Join the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group (LBCWG) for a lively update and panel discussion on the work – thus far! – of the… Read More

APSA Task Force Memorandum: Congressional staffing diversity and retention

September 5, 2019  ·  Kathryn Pearson et al.
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:      Kathryn Pearson, Chair, University of Minnesota ; Casey Burgat, R Street Institute; Menna… Read More

Rules as constraints vs. rules as leverage

September 4, 2019  ·  James Wallner
One reason for the Senate’s present dysfunction is that its members interpret incorrectly how its rules operate in practice. Take, for example, two recent op-eds written by the… Read More

McConnell downplays Republicans’ use of the nuclear option

September 3, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Radical. That is how Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., describes the 2013 decision by his Democratic colleagues in the Senate to scrap the filibuster for all presidential nominations other than those for… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

August 30, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Richard Ahrenberg, “Strange bedfellows oppose the filibuster,” The Hill, August 24, 2019. “Such bipartisan resolve [to end the filibuster] might be welcome if the objective were not so misguided. Read More