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Style and substance in the U.S. House of Representatives

September 20, 2018  ·  LegBranch Team
By Tracy Sulkin and William Bernhard Upon arriving on Capitol Hill, all new members of Congress (MCs) face a central choice: what kind of legislator will they… Read More

Congressional oversight (of the Executive) is dead; Long live congressional oversight (of the Judiciary)

September 19, 2018  ·  LegBranch Team
By Lauren C. Bell On August 8, 2018, sixteen organizations sent a joint letter to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley and ranking member Dianne… Read More

Congress: Difficult by design

September 18, 2018  ·  Philip Wallach
Daniel Patrick Moynihan once remarked that “the United States is the one nation in the world with a real legislature.” The senator from New York was boasting of our system, but… Read More

Congressman highlights broken system of committee chairmanship selection

September 17, 2018  ·  Aubrey Neal
Upon being asked what he would change about the House as an institution during Thursday’s American Institutions Network Congressional Exit Interview, retiring Congressman John Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) responded: “I didn’t like and… Read More

Upcoming Event: Can the House Strengthen Civil Enforcement of Subpoenas to the Executive Branch through Rules Changes?

September 17, 2018  ·  LegBranch Team
Please join Good Government Now and the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group for a panel discussion and lunch with: Michael L. Stern… Read More

Trump Won’t Go See “First Man” Because He Thinks it’s Unpatriotic; He Could Not Be More Wrong

September 14, 2018  ·  Aubrey Neal
On Wednesday night, I had the special treat of attending an early-release showing of “First Man,” Universal Studios’ film biography of Neil Armstrong directed by Damien Chazelle. Scheduled to be… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

September 14, 2018  ·  Marian Currinder
By Marian Currinder Lee Drutman and Kevin Kosar, “The Other Biggest Problem in Washington,” New York Times: “A supine Congress unable to hold a… Read More

AIN’s Congressional Exit Interviews (Event Video 9/13/2018): Representative John J. Duncan, Jr.

September 13, 2018  ·  Aubrey Neal
Join R Street Institutes’ American Institutions Network (AIN) as we sit down with retiring Congressmen for the first of its kind, groundbreaking panel series, AIN’s Congressional Exit Interviews. The… Read More

President rejects findings of study on claims of partisanship falsification

September 13, 2018  ·  Aubrey Neal
On Thursday, President Trump rejected the findings of an independent, official report regarding Puerto Rican fatalities due to Hurricane Maria. The president tweeted his belief that the data was fabricated … Read More

How filibustering and strategic parties contribute to gridlock

September 13, 2018  ·  LegBranch Team
By Gregory Koger Filibustering: the Fourth Veto The U.S. Constitution lays out a system with three veto players: the President, the House of Representatives, and the… Read More