By Matthew Green, Professor, Department of Politics (The Catholic University of America) The past seven months have made it abundantly clear that the House speakership is one of the most difficult jobs in Washington. In January, for the first time in a century, the majority party’s nominee for speaker – Kevin McCarthy of California –
Matt and Josh are joined by special guest Philip Wallach from the American Enterprise Institute to discuss his new book, Why Congress.
Matt and Laura are joined by special guest Michael Thorning from the Bipartisan Policy Center, to discuss the debt limit negotiations, modernization of Congress, and the FY24 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.
Rep. Brendan Boyle (D, PA) sits down with Laura and Josh to talk about the debt ceiling. We discuss the history of the debt ceiling, different potential reforms, and the state of play in Congress as we approach Treasury’s X date. Congressman Boyle has sponsored legislation on the debt ceiling every Congress since 2017 and
Laura is joined by special guest Congressman David Price to reflect on his long career in Congress: what got him into politics, his perspective as a scholar of political science, his focus on his district, time on the appropriations committee, and thoughts on party leadership over time.
Laura and Matt are joined by Georgetown Law Professor Josh Chafetz to discuss congressional oversight, the importance of the type of oversight some people decry as mere “theater,” and upcoming high-profile oversight issues in the118th Congress.
Mark, Matt, and Josh discuss the start of the 118th Congress in the Senate and the House. Emphasis on the House Speaker’s race and the implications on for the year!
Guest Post by Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Cabana For the national security community, the calendar year has dawned with an $858 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and an omnibus funding bill passed in late December. But what may have felt like a Christmas miracle to congressional staffers scurrying home belies a larger problem. The fiscal
The Congress: Two Beers In crew ditch beer for bourbon as they discuss what happened in the 117th Congress. They also opine on the new Republican majority in the House, whether a Speaker will be elected on January 3, and the effects of an expanded Democratic majority in the Senate.
Gingrich Transforms the Party and Congress Professor Matt Green joins Laura and Josh to talk about his new book (with Jeff Crouch): Newt Gingrich: The Rise and Fall of a Party Entrepreneur. Gingrich is contextualized in the ways he did -and didn’t- act as a congressional change agent.