House must take the first step to modernize how Congress works

House Democrats soon will meet to organize the chamber for the new session of Congress that starts in January. There are many decisions to be made like deciding who will be the Speaker of the House and who will serve in the other top roles. House Democrats also will scrum

Might Congress enact a compromise to end earmarks as we know them?

For the past several years, there have been murmurings on Capitol Hill about possibly bringing back earmarks. Now it appears possible that the scandal-tainted earmarks of old may never come back. This week, a congressional committee advocated establishing a “community-focused grant program.” It would authorize up to 1 percent of

Congressional reform grinds forward

Today, the House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress released a slew of recommendations to upgrade the chamber. Taken as a whole, these reforms would increase the chamber’s capacity to get things done by better focusing its work schedule, revitalizing congressional committees, and making repairs to the

New podcast: Why public service?

Today, the R Street Institute launched a new podcast focused on asking and answering one simple question: Why do people seek careers in public service? Each episode features an interview with an individual… (Read more)

Congress and Foreign Affairs: Reasserting the power of the first branch

Article I of the U.S. Constitution assigns Congress many significant authorities over foreign policy. The legislature may “regulate commerce with foreign nations,” and “define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations”… (Read more)

COVID-19 puts a damper on the presidential foreign policy show

The recent reports on President Trump’s foreign policy efforts have been brutal. A few weeks ago excerpts from a book by John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, portrayed the President floundering at foreign policy—terribly. John and Jane Q. Public have learned that Russia, whose autocratic leader the President has been solicitous, paid

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