A new project to make Congress great again.

LegBranch.com is the website of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group.

New America and the R Street Institute launched the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group in Spring 2016. The impetus for establishing the group is the widespread perception that Congress is dysfunctional.

The objectives of the group are:

  • To create an enduring, bipartisan space to assess the capacity of Congress to perform its constitutional duties; and
  • To collaborate on ideas for improving the legislative branch’s performance in our separation of powers system.

Meetings are open to Capitol Hill Staff, academics, and anyone who cares about the well-being of America’s legislative branch. For an invitation, please click here.

The directors of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group are:

Please contact them with any questions. LegBranch.com is maintained by the R Street Institute's Governance Project Team.

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Lee Drutman, new America

Lee Drutman is a senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New America. He is the author of The Business of America is Lobbying (Oxford University Press, 2015) and winner of the 2016 American Political Science Association's Robert A. Dahl Award, given for "scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy." In addition, he writes regularly for Polyarchy, a Vox blog. An expert on lobbying, influence, and money in politics, he has also been quoted and/or cited in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Economist, SlateMother JonesThe AtlanticBusiness InsiderNational ReviewPolitico, and many other publications....(Read more)

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Kevin R. Kosar, R Street Institute

Kevin Kosar is vice president of policy for the R Street Institute, where he oversees all of the institute’s research across its commercial freedom, criminal justice, energy and environment, financial markets, governance, income mobility, innovation policy, insurance and public health policy programs. Kevin joined R Street in October 2014 from the Congressional Research Service, where he served as analyst and research manager. Earlier in his career, he was lecturer in policy and public administration at New York University and Metropolitan College of New York. He is the author of three books and has been a Presidential Management Fellow....(Read more)