Restoring the First Branch


Restraining the president: Congress and trade policy
Clark Packard & Philip Wallach

Congress should embrace its constitutional responsibility over trade policy by ensuring that no president can unilaterally start trade wars or protect politically favored industries through selective…

How to restrain the President: Congress and trade policy
Ann Phelan

WASHINGTON (November 13) – Since his inauguration, President Trump has levied aggressive, unilateral tariffs on numerous products, which has triggered foreign retaliation against American exports….

R Sheet on Congressional Reorganization Acts
Casey Burgat & Aubrey Neal

Image credit: Orhan Cam

Birthright citizenship and the 14th Amendment
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

On Tuesday President Donald Trump announced plans to draft an executive order that would deny birthright American citizenship to children born in the United States to non-citizen…

Anticipating Trouble: Congressional Primaries and Incumbent Behavior
Ann Phelan

WASHINGTON (Oct. 29) – As we approach the midterm elections, both Democrats and Republicans are faced with significant intraparty divisions. This polarization manifests itself most clearly in the…

Anticipating Trouble: Congressional Primaries and Incumbent Behavior
James Wallner

“For years, congressional primaries have been overlooked by election studies; ignored by journalists and scholars alike. However, it has become increasingly clear in recent years that the key to…

Oversight for political purposes
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Congressional oversight capabilities have become weaponized for political purposes by both parties. Supervisory power is most productive when used as a bipartisan tool to keep all…

History of Congressional Staffing
Media Coverage

From C-SPAN:
Kevin Kosar is co-director of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, which studies Congress and makes recommendations for improving its performance. He talked about the history…

How young lawyers can help restore congressional capacity
Anthony Marcum & Casey Burgat & C. Jarrett Dieterle

“In an era of 2,000-page bills and a colossal Code of Federal Regulations, legislation is more complex than ever. As such, trained lawyers add substantial value to the legislative process by…

R Street policy paper: How young lawyers can help restore congressional capacity
Ann Phelan

Washington (October 16) – Nearly eighty percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress does its job. Much of the blame can be attributed to its failure to substantively address many of the…