Democratic Institutions


Department of Justice Obstructs Administrative Norm of ‘Duty to Defend’
Anthony Marcum & Aubrey Neal


Last week, the Justice Department notified a federal appeals court that it now agrees with a district judge’s December ruling that because the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual…

, The Huffington Post
Women Hold Just As Many Congressional Committee Jobs As Men But Are Paid Less
Media Coverage

From The Huffington Post:

Women working in some of the most coveted jobs on Capitol Hill face a pervasive pay gap and are underrepresented on many of Congress’ most powerful committees, a…

Presidential Candidates Toy with Idea of Expanding the Supreme Court, Endangering Judicial Norms
Anthony Marcum & Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

On Monday, Politico reported that
numerous Democratic presidential candidates have “not rule[d] out expanding the
Supreme Court if elected president.” 

Such a…

House Unanimously Urges DOJ to Make Mueller Report Public
Aubrey Neal

On March 14, 2019, the House passed a non-binding
resolution 420-0 encouraging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to publicly
release the full text of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report…

Representatives Testify to Strengthen Congress, Call for In-House Reform for First Time in Three Decades
Aubrey Neal

On March 12, 2019, the newly established House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress gaveled in for the first time, commencing their session with a Members Day hearing.  Thirty-five…

Resolution to Terminate President Trump’s Declared National Emergency Passes Both Chambers of Congress
Aubrey Neal

On March 14, 2019, the United States Senate voted 59-41 in support of H.J. Res. 46, a resolution to terminate the national emergency related to the U.S.-Mexico border, which was declared by…

“We offer two arguments against allowing a president—any president, regardless of party—to circumvent congressional authority.” 26 former members of Congress urge their successors to uphold the Constitution
Aubrey Neal


On Feb. 25, the Project on Government
Oversight (POGO) published an open letter to current Republican members of Congress signed by 26
of their predecessors. In…

Trump to declare national emergency to fund the construction of a wall along America’s southern border.
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

On Jan. 7 of this year, the American Institutions Network
posted an AIN Update in response to the
president’s initial proposal to declare a national emergency to fund…

“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just does not work that way.” – President Trump, SOTU 2019
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update 

Congress’ powers
of investigation and oversight are necessary for the health and stability of
American democracy. Congressional investigation is not a phenomenon unique to

Political experience increasingly deemed unnecessary to become a Representative
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Freshmen of the 116th Congress have the least political experience of any previous Congress in modern history, according to a recent R Street Institute analysis. Only 32 percent have…