The Senate Rules and Administration Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee conducted a joint probe, and this week, they released their own joint report on the events of Jan. 6. The document is both a useful record and profoundly incomplete.
Molly Reynolds is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. She studies Congress, with an emphasis on how congressional rules and procedure affect domestic policy outcomes.
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The bipartisan compromise the House will consider on Wednesday could support a serious investigation. It could also produce deadlock and grandstanding. Everything will depend on the commission’s composition and staffing.
As Congress considers various reforms, including the Power of the Purse Act, both historical and contemporary context is useful.
What do recent court decisions mean for the future of congressional oversight?
Several proposed reforms would stop presidential administrations from using their informational advantages to circumvent the will of Congress.
The impeachment inquiry now moves to the House Judiciary Committee. What should we expect?
On Oct. 29, Chairman of the House Rules Committee James McGovern introduced House resolution H.Res.660, along with a fact sheet, outlining procedures going forward for the impeachment inquiry into the president.