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January 25, 2023 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
Hannah Story Brown Emma Marsano
Corporate CrackdownEthics in GovernmentExecutive BranchHealthRevolving Door
Biden’s Choice of Chief of Staff Threatens Populist Potential
Last Friday marked the exact midway point of Biden’s presidential term. With this newly divided Congress, there are scant possibilities for legislation in the next two years. By and large, this next stage of Biden’s presidency should be all about the executive branch: implementing recent laws, enforcing existing laws, and enacting much-needed regulation. (Biden should have been overseeing these things all along, of course—that’s what the Presidency is for!)
January 23, 2023
Independent Agency Spotlight Update January 2023
It was a slow fall for independent agency nominations as Senators left chambers for their campaigns and the Biden administration stood paralyzed in anticipation of the midterm Red Wave That Wasn’t.
January 22, 2023
Biden Risks Legacy by Choosing Zients as Chief of Staff
As a businessman, Jeffrey Zients embodied much of the corporate misconduct the executive branch ought to be cracking down on.
January 16, 2023 | The American Prospect
What Was Behind Last Week’s FAA Breakdown?
Pete Buttigieg’s personnel choices were certainly a factor.
January 11, 2023 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
2022 ElectionClimateExecutive BranchGovernanceGovernment CapacityIndependent Agencies
Government Spending and its Discontents
We spent October highlighting the perpetual underfunding of most federal departments and agencies, and urging Congress and the Biden administration to use December’s omnibus bill to finally provide them with the money and resources they need. Sadly, while appropriations did increase for FY2023, budgets consistently fell short of what agencies requested. The most jarring example may be the Department of Housing and Development (HUD), whose budget is a whopping $16 billion shy of the requested $77.8 billion. Biden recently announced his goal to cut homelessness by 25 percent in the next two years, but it’s hard to see how even this meager goal will be achieved without a fully funded HUD.
January 05, 2023
112 Organizations Call For White House To Fully Review TVA Decision On Fossil Gas Expansion
Organizations from at least 20 states signed on, including states which receive their power from the TVA, such as Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, and North Carolina.
January 04, 2023 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
These Airline Meltdowns Aren’t Inevitable
As 2022 ends and 2023 begins with record-breaking winter heat blanketing Europe and much of the south and north-eastern United States—68°F and humid in DC, in January!—climate change is in the air, if not on the legislative agenda. We expect that much of the hard-won climate progress in the next year will be in executive branch implementation and regulation, alongside state-level legislation and court cases.
January 02, 2023 | The American Prospect
Ashish Jha and the Moral Horror of Too Little Progress
The way that this person thinks about the multivarious philosophical, economic, and political problems of public health will now be the expressly endorsed opinion of the president and Congress of the United States, with all of the gravitas and import that brings.
December 23, 2022 | The American Prospect
Biden Must Wield the Power of the Defense Production Act to Rein In the Tripledemic
December 22, 2022
RELEASE: TVA Board Might Have Easily Blocked Fossil Energy Expansion, Had Senate Confirmed Them Sooner. The EPA Still Can.
In response to reports that the U.S. Senate confirmed six nominees to the Board of the Tennessee Valley Authority by voice vote Wednesday, Revolving Door Project Climate Research Director Dorothy Slater released the following statement:
December 21, 2022
Hannah Story Brown Andrea Beaty Dorothy Slater Dylan Gyauch-Lewis Julian Scoffield KJ Boyle Max Moran Timi Iwayemi Toni Aguilar Rosenthal
RDP’s 150th Newsletter: Our 2022 Revolving Door Superlatives
How better to mark the darkest day of the year than with a bit of dark humor? This winter solstice, we present our 2022 Revolving Door Superlatives, where we spotlight the most craven, captured, and corrupt personnel and policy debates of this past year. From Revolver of the Year to 2022’s Worst Look to our Biggest Personnel Nightmare Entering 2023, we have a positively ghoulish assemblage of honorees for your perverse reading pleasure. Take comfort, dear reader, in this at least: the days are only getting longer from here on out.
December 20, 2022
CFPB Alone Cannot Cure Wells Fargo's Disease
Fed and OCC Must Step Up With Their Own Preventative Tools
December 20, 2022
To Win 2024, Democrats Must Heed Voters' Calls For Housing Justice
Low income communities of color made countless sacrifices to keep the United States’s economy going during the pandemic, all while supporting their families and enduring sky-high rents.
December 19, 2022
Vishal Shankar Andrea Beaty Kalimah Muhammad
Consumer ProtectionDepartment of JusticeExecutive BranchFTCHousingTreasury Department
Biden Can Protect Millions Of Vulnerable Tenants With The Stroke Of A Pen
Housing experts have drafted an executive order to protect tenants and stop rent-gouging. All Biden has to do is sign it.
December 13, 2022 | The New Republic
The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Incentive Structure Keeps Residents Hooked on Fossil Fuels
The federally owned utility company could be leading the clean energy transition. Instead, it’s poisoning the countryside.