Restoring the First Branch

Publications

, 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…

, FCNL
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),…

, C-SPAN
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…