Whither Congress?

Recent events in Washington have unsettled old and comfortable assumptions about how the federal Legislative Branch functions and how it deals with Executive Branch and with the pressures associated with the party system. So if you are in Washington, you might consider attending an event at the R Street Institute featuring some well-known figures–including our own Paul Glastris–that will examine the future of Congress. Here’s the formal meeting notice:

Restoring Congress as the First Branch

The effort to find a new Speaker of the House has people on both sides of the aisle asking serious questions about the future of Congress. Please join us on Capitol Hill for a panel discussion of experts, including several who have written for the Washington Monthly, who will discuss the ways in which Congress can reassert its Constitutional role as the First Branch of government. This event is being hosted by the R Street Institute.

Panelists Include:

Yuval Levin, National Affairs
Kevin Kosar, R Street Institute
Paul Glastris, Washington Monthly
Lee Drutman, New America Foundation
Jonathan Rauch, Brookings Institution
Molly Reynolds, Brookings Institution

Lunch will be provided!


October 27 at 12:00 PM


Capitol Building, Visitors Center, Room HVC 200

Washington, DC

RSVP here.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.