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As Congress moves hearings online, it needs to ensure access for all

July 15, 2020  ·  Rachel Orey
On one Wednesday in early June, the U.S. House of Representatives held four remote committee hearings covering topics from voting to emergency preparedness. For many working in the field of… Read More

Congressional modernization jump-started by COVID-19

July 14, 2020  ·  Marci Harris, Claire Abernathy, and Kevin Esterling
The chaos surrounding Congress’s switch to remote work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare weaknesses of Congress’s technical procedures and infrastructure, from its inability to hold hearings by… Read More

COVID-19’s punishing effects on the federal deficit and debt

July 13, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) has a new report on COVID-19’s deleterious effects on the feral budget. CRFB projects: Deficits will expand by $5.7 trillion over… Read More

The power of the Spending Tracker

July 11, 2020  ·  Jonathan Bydlak
Over the last few months, Congress has appropriated trillions of dollars in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid this flurry of spending, annual deficits are projected to be nearly $4 trillion… Read More

ICYMI: Broad coalition supports strengthening the legislative branch by providing additional funding

July 10, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
The Honorable Nita LoweyChairCommittee on AppropriationsUnited States House of RepresentativesThe Honorable Richard ShelbyChairCommittee on AppropriationsUnited States SenateThe Honorable Kay GrangerRanking MemberCommittee on AppropriationsUnited States House of RepresentativesThe Honorable Patrick LeahyRanking… Read More

COVID-19 puts a damper on the presidential foreign policy show

July 9, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
TOPSHOT – US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un following a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27,… Read More

Floor procedures tightened in pandemic’s wake

July 8, 2020  ·  Don Wolfensberger
Source: WilsonCenter.org. In his latest column on Congress, Don Wolfensberger writes: As urgent times call for urgent measures, the House Rules Committee last Wednesday pulled the six-alarm emergency… Read More

Broad coalition calls for improved oversight of COVID-19 spending

July 7, 2020  ·  Jonathan Bydlak
When Congress comes back from its recess in a few weeks, at the top of its priority list will be a potential new round of fiscal relief. One item that’s… Read More

Podcast: Congress’s proxy wars

June 30, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
Listen here. The House of Representatives has resolved to allow members of Congress to vote by proxy. Some members of the House, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy… Read More

Podcast: What values are essential in a successful democracy?

June 29, 2020  ·  James Wallner
Listen here. In this special bonus episode of Politics In Question, Julia Azari, Lee Drutman, and James Wallner discuss the values that make democracies successful. What exactly are… Read More