Jeff Hauser & Eleanor Eagan

Jeff Hauser and Eleanor Eagan work at the Revolving Door Project, where Hauser is the founder and director. 

Recent Articles

The Democrats’ Richie Neal Problem

We read a lot about progressive House Dems having too much influence, but the deeper problem is the undertow of corporate Democrats.

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/via AP Images Representative Richard Neal leaves a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus in the Capitol. T here was supposed to be one genuinely easy victory for the new Democratic majority in the House. Medicare for All? No. Green New Deal? No. Critical? Yes—but easy? No. But Trump’s tax returns? Yes, the new majority was supposed to be able to inspect that holy grail of opposition research. That’s why one of the most discordant notes of the first week of the new Congress was a decision by Representative Richard Neal of Massachusetts, the newly elevated chair of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means, to retreat on his promises to move quickly to obtain Trump’s tax returns. Obtaining Trump’s tax returns as fast as possible should be a priority for people interested in transaparent and non-corrupt government. Neal’s decision is also worrisome for what it seemingly portends for the House Ways & Means Committee under his chairmanship. Neal’s...