Congressional Reform

Report of the Subcommittee on the Power of the Purse
Report of the Subcommittee on the Power of the Purse

Nolan McCarty et al., Report of the Subcommittee on the Power of the Purse, Princeton Initiative on Reclaiming the Constitutional ...

May 6, 2024
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How to Salvage Congress
How to Salvage Congress

Mike Gallagher, "How to Salvage Congress," The Atlantic, November 13, 2018. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) penned this essay not quite two ...

April 24, 2024
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The Case for Filibuster Reform
The Case for Filibuster Reform

Thomas Harvey and Thomas Koenig, "The Case for Filibuster Reform," National Affairs, 2023. The authors write: "The more conservatives support and help ...

April 23, 2024
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Staffing Congress to Strengthen Oversight of the Administrative State
Staffing Congress to Strengthen Oversight of the Administrative State

A great deal of lawmaking occurs in the form of regulation. This paper observes that Congress has not given itself ...

March 11, 2024
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Reasserting Congress in Regulatory Policy
Reasserting Congress in Regulatory Policy

Kevin R. Kosar, "Reasserting Congress in Regulatory Policy," in Adam J. White, Oren Cass, and Kevin R. Kosar, Unleashing Opportunity: Policy ...

February 21, 2024
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How Congress Lost, Part I: The Defeated Congress
How Congress Lost, Part I: The Defeated Congress

"Congress was intended to be the most important institution in our national government.... Congress’s centrality in American political life is ...

February 9, 2024
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Building a Better Budget Process
Building a Better Budget Process

Convergence, a not-for-profit organization, convened various individuals from a range of political and policy perspectives to figure out a new ...

January 23, 2024
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Congress at a Crossroads: Retiring Members of Congress Tell Us What’s Right, What’s Wrong–And How to Fix It
Congress at a Crossroads: Retiring Members of Congress Tell Us What’s Right, What’s Wrong–And How to Fix It

Mark Sobol and Leonard Steinhorn, Congress at a Crossroads: Retiring Members of Congress Tell Us What's Right, What's Wrong–And How ...

January 12, 2024
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What Is the Status of the Reforms Proposed by the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress?
What Is the Status of the Reforms Proposed by the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress?

J.D. Rackey, "What Is the Status of the Reforms Proposed by the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress?" (Sunwater ...

January 6, 2024
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APSA Report on Reforming Congress
APSA Report on Reforming Congress

In 2019, the American Political Science Association (APSA) supported a scholarly effort led by Frances Lee (Princeton), Eric Schickler (UC-Berkeley), ...

January 4, 2024
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Final Report of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress
Final Report of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

The House of Representatives established the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (SCMC) on January 4, 2019. It was ...

January 3, 2024
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Does the Executive Branch Control the Power of the Purse?
Does the Executive Branch Control the Power of the Purse?

Although the US Constitution gives Congress the power of the purse, today a number of laws and arrangements have empowered ...

January 2, 2024
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Revitalizing the Congressional Research Service for the 21st Century
Revitalizing the Congressional Research Service for the 21st Century

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January 2, 2024
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The Excessive Complexity of House of Representative Rules on Legislative Procedure
The Excessive Complexity of House of Representative Rules on Legislative Procedure

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January 2, 2024
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Restoring Congress as the First Branch
Restoring Congress as the First Branch

In this report, six authors comment on various aspects of Congress and offer proposals to improve the House and Senate. ...

January 2, 2024
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Three Steps for Reasserting Congress in Regulatory Policy
Three Steps for Reasserting Congress in Regulatory Policy

Each year, federal agencies produce more regulations. These regulations affect nearly every aspect of our lives, yet are never voted ...

January 2, 2024
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Restoring the Power of the Purse: Earmarks and Re-Empowering Legislators to Deliver Local Benefits
Restoring the Power of the Purse: Earmarks and Re-Empowering Legislators to Deliver Local Benefits

In recent years, various senators and representatives have discussed lifting Congress’ earmark moratorium. The practice of earmarking—or allowing legislators to ...

January 2, 2024
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How Can Congress’ Power Over of Foreign Be Strengthened?
How Can Congress’ Power Over of Foreign Be Strengthened?

Often it is assumed that the president should direct foreign affairs. he is the "commander-in-chief" and has the authority to ...

January 2, 2024
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Why Reforming Senate Holds Can Benefit the Democratic Process
Why Reforming Senate Holds Can Benefit the Democratic Process

Source: Senate.gov. "While the Senate is often bound in arcane procedural knots, Senate holds are relatively straightforward. The Senate often does ...

January 1, 2024
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Congress Overwhelmed: Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform
Congress Overwhelmed: Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform

Diagnoses of the troubles of Congress usually focus on the three P’s: people, parties, and polarization. Tim LaPira, Lee Drutman, and ...

January 1, 2024
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