Jun 30, 2020

Proxy Voting, Virtual Hearings, and Remote Deliberation: How Congress is Adapting to COVID-19

By Emma Jones It is indisputable that Congress must continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. But public health concerns have made what are usually fixtures of normal congressional proceedings, like crowded floor Read More

Jun 29, 2020

Diversity in Congress: Three Key Takeaways on the Current Makeup

By Praveena Javvadi As Americans look to legislative reform to address systemic racism across the country, one important thing to consider is the impact of diversity within Congress. The 116th Congress is the most racially diverse Read More

May 18, 2020

The Government Watchdog You Might Not Have Heard Of

By Rachel Orey and Michael Thorning Only 17% of Americans trust the federal government to do what is right “just about always” or “most of the time.” For those circumstances when government is, in fact, doing something Read More

Apr 28, 2020

Congress’s Continuity Post COVID-19

Congress is consumed with responding to the multitude of challenges the COVID-19 outbreak has presented.   This extraordinary moment has shaken the country. However, the federal government has been dealt challenging hands before Read More

Apr 22, 2020

Congress and Crises: Past Challenges and Examples of Extraordinary Leadership

In the face of the current coronavirus pandemic, Congress is facing a new and unprecedented crisis. However, this is not the first time our democratic institutions have been dealt a challenging hand in recent times. While vastly different Read More

Apr 15, 2020

Coronavirus and Congress: What You Need to Know

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus around the globe has upended society in nearly every facet imaginable – affecting billions of people’s daily lives. The United States has already seen a tremendous impact stemming from this Read More

Feb 25, 2020

Diversity in Congress: By the Numbers + Why It Matters

By Jacob Greenblatt On November 6, 2018, voters went to the polls and ushered in the most diverse Congress in American history. Congress’s changing composition signifies that the diversity among America’s national population is Read More

Jan 24, 2020

2020 Wish List: Five Things We’d Like to See from Congress

In a year that began with the longest shutdown in U.S. history and ended with the impeachment of the president, at first glance 2019 might seem to have been a legislative wash. However, despite these deeply partisan occurrences, the first Read More

Dec 17, 2019

It’s That Time of Year (Again): Crunch Time for Congress

One year after a debilitating government shutdown—the longest in U.S. history—Congress is on the verge of passing a federal budget through October 1, 2020. With only days to go until government funding runs out, Congress is once Read More

Dec 9, 2019

Capitol Hill Lingo: Six Congressional Resource Terms You Need to Know

With so many moving issues before Congress, one often wonders how they can effectively juggle so many topics and concerns that are needed to govern an entire nation. What makes the highest legislative body in the country function?  Read More

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