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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
the…

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…

25-day shutdown exemplifies changing norms in America’s governing institutions
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Jan. 15, 2019, marks day 25 of the U.S. government’s partial shutdown that began on Dec. 22. Not terribly long ago, spending bills were enacted before the end of the fiscal year….

“Vulgarity won’t drive out vulgarity, and bullying won’t drive out bullies” – Standards of public officials’ behavior continue to degrade without consequence.
Aubrey Neal

AIN UPDATE

“Vulgarity won’t drive out vulgarity, and bullying won’t drive out bullies”

On Jan. 3 at a public reception, freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., referred to the President…

“I can do it if I want” – President Trump threatens use of emergency powers to build border wall
Aubrey Neal

AIN UPDATE

“I can do it if I want” 

On Jan. 4, day 13 of the United States government’s partial shutdown over border wall funding, President Trump threatened to declare a national…

, FixGov
Congress in 2019: The 2nd most educated and least politically experienced House freshman class
Casey Burgat

As we outlined in an earlier article, the 116th Congress is going to look a lot different than its predecessors thanks to a younger, more female, less white new cohort of Democrats. And weeks before…

, The Fiscal Times
How Congress Got So Broken
Media Coverage

From The Fiscal Times:
More than 50 House members chose not to seek re-election in 2018, and a new report from nonprofit groups Issue One and the R Street Institute examines what drove so many to…

Wisconsin lame-duck Republican legislature approves package limiting power of incoming Democratic Governor, Attorney General.

AIN Update

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the Wisconsin State House and Senate approved a legislative package that, if signed by Governor Scott Walker, will alter established legislative and democratic…

Administration revokes press pass in act of retaliation
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

On Nov. 7, CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials were revoked in the wake of a heated interaction with the President during the White House’s…