Earmarks Live

Yesterday, the House GOP Conference rejected an earmark ban. At The Hill, Zachary Courser and Michael Thorning suggest that the Republicans made the right call:   Directed spending is not deficit spending. Directed spending falls within the topline spending...

Retribution in the House

Don Wolfensberger at The Hill: Yes, McCarthy as Speaker can later engineer House votes on resolutions removing anyone he wants from any standing committee, as the Democrats did twice in 2021. It is clear what is at play here is a belief that “revenge is sweet” and...

Freedom Caucus Proposals

At Roll Call, Jim Saksa reviews how the Freedom Caucus is proposing to change Republican Conference rules and House rules. “Congress has been testing this speaker-dominant model for at least 30 years,” said Kevin Kosar, congressional scholar at the American Enterprise...

Two Roads

Senator Mitt Romney last week: Depending on the outcome of several key races, the Republican Party could soon have control of one or both houses of Congress. Robert Frost and politics don’t really mix, but his famous allegory is apt: Two roads diverge before this...

Study Civility This Summer

Applications are open for the Henry Clay Center’s fully funded, public-policy summer program – the College Student Congress! This two-week program in Lexington, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C. is an ideal academic and professional experience for current college juniors...