COMPASS: COVID relief and budget reconciliation

February 1, 2021

Good afternoon from snowy Capitol Hill. While the major blockades are gone, roads around the Capitol continue to be blocked off, and leaders are contemplating making the wall around the Capitol a permanent fixture. The rhetorical divide between Members of Congress and their constituents is about to become a literal one. The House and Senate are […]

What should we expect from a 50-50 Senate?

January 20, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. It’s pretty much a fortress downtown, with over 25,000 National Guard troops stationed across DC. Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president tomorrow shortly after 12pm EST. The inauguration will be a mix of in-person and virtual. Vice President Mike Pence will attend. Outgoing President Donald Trump will not. […]

DEMINT: Congress Threatens To Relapse Into An Old Addiction

December 4, 2020

Congressional earmarks — the drug of choice for big spending Congressmen and Senators who want to “bring home the bacon” — have been dead for ten years. But like a monster in a horror movie sequel, earmarks always threaten to come back to life. House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer recently said Congress will raise earmarks from the […]

Senate Democrat Thwarts Resolution to Condemn Mob Violence

July 17, 2020

Lauren Kaylor | James A. West Intern  A festering wound of mass mob violence infects the United States in the summer of 2020. After the death of George Floyd on May 25, thousands pressed into anarchic brigades of chaos, unleashing destruction and devastation on thousands of American citizens and their property. Many innocent people have […]

Next coronavirus phase calls for cautious but immediate reopening of economy

May 1, 2020

Contrary to the media narrative, the data is unclear on how much good these shutdowns have actually done. And there is no scientific evidence to justify forcing Americans to stay in their homes for months on end. What is clear is that the emergency phase of the epidemic is drawing to a close, and that our economy […]