CONGRESS BEGINS NEW SESSION WITH OLD QUESTIONS: $792B Tax Cut, Campaign Finance Reform Revisited

Wednesday, September 8, 1999

Who: David Brady is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science, Business and the Changing Environment, and Ethics and associate dean in the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Brady is an expert on the U.S. Congress and congressional decision making. His current research focuses on the political history of the U.S. Congress, the history of U.S. election results, and public policy processes in general.

His recent publications include Revolving Gridlock: Politics and Policy from Carter to Clinton (Westview Press, 1997), and (with John Cogan and Doug Rivers) How the Republicans Captured the House: An Assessment of the 1994 Midterm Elections, (Hoover Essays in Public Policy, 1995) and The 1996 House Elections: Reaffirming the Conservative Trend, (Hoover Essays in Public Policy, 1997). Brady is author of Congressional Voting in a Partisan Era (University of Kansas Press, 1973) and Critical Elections in the U.S. House of Representatives (Stanford University Press, 1988). Brady is also coeditor of the forthcoming Continuity and Change in Congressional Elections, a joint publication from the Stanford University Press and the Hoover Press.

James C. Miller III is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and Counselor to Citizens for a Sound Economy. Miller was the Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 1985 to 1988, and Chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission from 1981 to 1985. During 1981, he was Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief. Among his many publications are Monopoly Politics (Hoover Institution Press, 1999); Fix the Budget! Urgings of an "Abominable No-Man" (Hoover Institution Press, 1994); The Federal Trade Commission: The Political Economy of Regulation, co-edited with Robert J. Mackay and Bruce Yandle (Hoover Institution Press, 1987); Reforming Regulation, co-edited with Timothy Clark and Marvin Kosters (American Enterprise Institute, 1980); and Benefit-Cost Analyses of Social Regulation: Case Studies from the Council on Wage and Price Stability, co-edited with Bruce Yandle (American Enterprise Institute, 1979).

What: Available to discuss:

  • With candidates breaking fund-raising records, will spending limits be imposed?
  • Filibuster in the Senate killed Shays-Meehan last year; will "soft money" be addressed this session?
  • Will Congress back down on its sweeping tax cuts, or will they play the veto for political leverage?
  • Conservatives and liberals seem locked into their respective positions, but where will the swing vote moderates fall, above or below spending caps?

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