Upcoming Events

Restoring Article I

03/22/2018 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Doors Open/Breakfast
9:00am – 9:50am

Panel I: House Reform Proposals
10:00am – 11:25am

  • Hon. Ron DeSantis, U.S. House of Representatives, Florida’s 6th District
  • Hon. Barry Loudermilk, U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia’s 11th District
  • Hon. Tom Davis, Former Congressman, Virginia’s 11th District
  • Moderator: Hon. David McIntosh, President, Club for Growth

Morning Address: Senate Rules, Budget, and Appropriations Reform
11:30am – 11:50am

  • Hon. James Lankford, U.S. Senator, Oklahoma

Lunch Address: A Conversation with Hon. Jon Kyl
12:00pm – 12:45pm

  • Hon. Jon Kyl, Former U.S. Senator, Arizona

Panel II: Senate Reform Proposals
1:00pm – 2:25pm

  • Hon. Christopher DeMuth, Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute
  • Dr. Matt Glassman, Senior Fellow, Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University
  • Dr. James Wallner, Senior Fellow, R Street Institute
  • Moderator: Daniel Flores, Chief Counsel for the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law for the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives

Afternoon Address: Article I Reform and the Global Trade Accountability Act
2:30pm – 2:55pm

  • Hon. Michael Lee, U.S. Senator, Utah

Panel III: Congressional Reflections and Recommendations
3:15pm – 5:00pm

  • Prof. Josh Chafetz, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
  • David Hoppe, President, Hoppe Strategies
  • Prof. David Schoenbrod, Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Moderator: Machalagh Carr, General Counsel & Parliamentarian, Committee on Ways and Means, U. S. House of Representatives

5:00pm – 6:00pm

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*Subject to additions and changes based on Members’ schedules.

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Panel 4: What strategies would work in addressing such a large crisis?

04/05/2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


The California housing crisis has inspired thousands of ideas for solutions. In Silicon Valley, new startups are developing new designs, building materials, and construction methods to make homes cheaper and faster to create. In L.A., developers are experimenting with micro-units. In Sacramento, legislators and the governor have approved a package of 15 bills, establishing a new funding stream for affordable housing development, and putting a housing bond on the ballot. And around the state, health-care entities, school and college districts, and transportation agencies have conducted experiments to deal with housing-related challenges, from finding scarce housing for critical personnel to limiting the length and frequency of commutes. Which of these new ideas might work–and which of them might scale to make an impact California-wide? Do we need the creation of new agencies, or the consolidation of old ones, to improve housing policy? Is there any way to remake California’s extensive land-use, labor, and environmental regulations so that housing can be produced in greater amounts, more cheaply, and in ways that strengthen communities? What do we know about the impact of strategies — like taller, denser development — on our communities and property values?  And what can all of us do – in our real estate markets, in our neighborhoods, in our churches, in our schools and universities, in our businesses – to ease the crisis now and make housing less of a problem in the future?

Moderator: Steven Greenhut, Columnist

Jennifer Hernandez
Attorney, and author of a book on the problems with CEQA.

Sam Moss
Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation
Mission Housing Corporation

Joe Cortright
President and principal economist of Impresa, a consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, innovation and industry clusters

This event is free and open to the public, but a reservation is required. Click here to RSVP.


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Congress and the administrative state: Powers, responsibilities, & possible reforms

04/06/2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

The administrative state begins with Congress: “an agency literally has no power to act,” Chief Justice Roberts recently reiterated, “unless and until Congress confers power upon it.”

And the writing of statutes is just one of Congress’s powers over administrative agencies. Congress holds oversight hearings; the Senate confirms (or refuses to confirm) the President’s appointments to lead the agency; and Congress alone holds the Constitution’s “power of the purse” to fund agencies.

Is Congress wielding these constitutional powers responsibly? Is Congress carrying out its constitutional duties?

The Center for the Study of the Administrative State is pleased to invite you to a conference dedicated to these questions. From big-picture questions about the modern Congress, to more specific questions about “regulatory budgets” or proposals to create a “Congressional Regulatory Office,” our assembled experts will debate the relationship between Congress and the modern administrative state. The Center is especially grateful to Senator Robert Portman and his staff, for the use of the Russell Senate Office Building’s beautiful Kennedy Caucus Room.

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9:00 AM – 9:30 AM : Registration and breakfast

9:30 AM – 10:40 AM: Panel 1: The First Branch? Oversight, Appropriations, and Legislation

Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, Founding Partner, Boyden Gray & Associates
Yuval Levin, Editor, National Affairs; and Hertog Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Amanda Neely, General Counsel to Senator Rob Portman; and Deputy Chief Counsel, the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Moderator: Adam White, Director, Center for the Study of the Administrative State and Adjunct Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

10:50 AM – 11:40 AM: Panel 2: A Congressional Regulatory Office?

Rena Steinzor, Edward M. Robertson Professor, University of Maryland Carey Law School
Philip A. Wallach, Senior Fellow of Governance, R Street Institute

Moderator: Yuval Levin, Editor, National Affairs; and Hertog Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

11:40 AM – 12:05 PM: Keynote Address

12:05 PM – 12:30 PM: Lunch

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Panel 3: Regulatory Budgets – First in the Administration, Next in Congress?

Christopher DeMuth, Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute
Jeffrey M. Harris, Associate Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Patrick A. McLaughlin, Director, the Program for Economic Research on Regulation; and Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University

Moderator: Adam White, Director, Center for the Study of the Administrative State and Adjunct Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University



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