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When Congress was great: Reforming Social Security

December 3, 2019  ·  Philip Wallach
Lost amid the impeachment fight and election contests, an epochal moment in the history of America’s welfare state is coming in 2020: For the first time since 1982, the Social… Read More

Modernizing oversight to improve government efficiency and accountability

November 26, 2019  ·  Dan Lips
While impeachment hearings and the 2020 election dominate the political headlines, several encouraging bipartisan efforts to reform Washington and improve governance are making progress below the radar. The result could… Read More

My meeting with the King of Jordan, or the inevitability of legislative diplomacy

November 25, 2019  ·  Matt Glassman
Pope Francis addresses Congress in 2015. Editor’s note: This speech was given before the Open World Leadership Center’s conference on women in leadership and legislative diplomacy on November 19,… Read More

Video: Symposium on congressional capacity and endless war in Afghanistan & Syria

November 21, 2019  ·  Anthony Marcum
The Brennan Center’s Elizabeth Gotien, and R Street’s Casey Burgat, Anthony Marcum, and James Wallner discuss Congressional Capacity and the Endless War in Afghanistan & Syria at the Legislative Branch… Read More

Report of the Task Force Project on Congressional Reform

November 19, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
The American Political Science Association, the Brookings Institution, and the R Street Institute convened top scholars of Congress to examine the state of Congress and possible reforms. Download the… Read More

Checks and imbalances: Investment disparity between Congress and the presidency

November 19, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat
Three coequal branches of government, each continuously serving as an effective check on the others. That was and is the theory, the ideal, and the goal of the American… Read More

Today: Hearing on Administrative Efficiencies: Exploring Options to Streamline Operations in the U.S. House of Representatives

November 16, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress will hold a hearing titled “Administrative Efficiencies: Exploring Options to Streamline Operations in the U.S. House of Representatives” on Friday, November 15,… Read More

Senate Budget Committee reports budget reform legislation

November 15, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
S. 2765, Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act Bill text is at: Cosponsors: Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Angus King (I-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC),… Read More

House may vote to extend Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress today

November 14, 2019  ·  Kevin R. Kosar
The House of Representatives may vote today to extend the duration of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (SCMC). The vehicle for the extension appears to be a… Read More

Four questions about the public impeachment hearings

November 13, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat
On Wednesday, the House’s impeachment inquiry will go public when it holds its first hearing on the Ukrainian scandal that will be open to the public. The House Permanent Select… Read More