Does the House need so many rules?

The other week I found myself testifying before the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. Someone on the committee had seen my column grousing about the crazy process used to pass a half billion debt increase last autumn. I was asked to show up and discuss why I thought the People’s House was

How did James Madison think about congressional elections? A Q&A with Jay Cost

The significance of James Madison’s contributions to creating our representative democracy cannot be overstated. He saw the troubles of the first union as a member of the Congress of the Confederation. He was a major player at the Constitutional Convention, and wrote the Federalist Papers to get the new federal

Kosar testimony on the Excessively Complex Rules in the House of Representatives

How does a bill become a law? These days, it rarely is the “regular order” style described by School House Rock. On July 28, 2022, I testified on the prolixity of House rules for legislating and on the peculiar fact that they so often are waved.

Kosar discussion with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

On July 27, 2022, Louis DeJoy, the 75th Postmaster General of the United States, visited AEI to give a speech, and to sit for a question and answer session with me.

Conservatism’s enduring debates

Not quite thirty years ago, I sketched out a book-length history of the American political right. I had read and enjoyed George Nash’s and Jay Sigler’s tomes, but felt they were both a little dated and had excluded essential thinkers and developments. I also felt that academe, which I was in training

Is 2022 the death knell for congressional reform?

Those of us who have been working to goad Congress to reform itself got some bad news recently. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) lost in his primary, thanks to Illinois’ Democrats redistricting him. Davis is the ranking member of the Committee on House Administration (CHA) and also served on the Select

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