Restoring the First Branch


, Pursuit
The Tale of the Most Powerless Power Players in Washington
James Wallner

From Pursuit:

In spite of everything, rank-and-file legislators should be encouraged to have a level of confidence similar to the rhetoric of their party leaders. As R Street Institute Senior…

, The Ripon Society
Why the Electoral College Should be Preserved
James Wallner

A “time bomb lodged near the heart of the nation.”  That is how the Pulitzer-Prize winning author, James A. Michener, described the Electoral College in his 1969 book, Presidential…

, The Washington Examiner
All senators are to blame for the Senate’s dismal state
James Wallner

Amid today’s bitter political divides, there is one thing on which Democrats and Republicans agree: The United States Senate is a miserable place to work. By any measure, the Senate’s recent…

, The Fulcrum
A year of broken standards for America’s democracy
Aubrey Neal

The term “democratic norms” has become a misnomer over the last year. America’s governing institutions are undermined by elected officials who dishonor their offices and each other. Standards of…

Building a 21st Century Congress: Improving Congress’s Science and Technology Expertise
James Wallner

From Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs:
209 Some scholars dispute the value of analyzing DW-NOMINATE scores, arguing that the underlying methodology exaggerates ideological…

The 116th House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress
Aubrey Neal & Kevin Kosar

Established: Jan. 4, 2019, as part of the 116th House rules package

Authorized: Feb. 7, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2019

Mission: The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (SCOMC) is…

Bipartisan Group Urges Congress to Prevent War Through NDAA
Kevin Kosar

September 3, 2019

Dear Madam Speaker, Majority and Minority Leaders, Chairmen and Ranking Members:

As conference negotiations proceed on the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),…

Assessment of the 116th Congress
James Wallner

From C-SPAN:

Congressional observers talked about the 116th Congress and its efficacy as a lawmaking body in a discussion hosted by the American Political Science Association. Panelists…

, The Epoch Times
Study Identifies Most Partisan House Committees
Kevin Kosar

From The Epoch Times:

R Street Institute Vice President Kevin Kosar told The Epoch Times on Aug. 27 that Ryan’s metrics are “greatly affected by votes taken on particularly salient issues,…

Is the filibuster a drag on democracy?
James Wallner

From The Christian Science Monitor:

“The filibuster has become a way to shift blame to someone else, to [either] an oppressive and draconian majority or a totally empowered minority,” says…