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James Wallner

Senior Fellow, Governance Project, R Street Institute

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Review: Molly Reynolds’ Exceptions to the Rule: The Politics of Filibuster Reform in the Senate

November 30, 2017
By James Wallner The Senate has changed considerably in recent years. So too has our understanding of how its members make decisions. Traditionally, the leading scholarship on the Senate… Read More
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Wallner on the Senate: In defense of third degree amendments

October 19, 2017
By James Wallner Senate majorities routinely restrict the ability of senators to participate in the legislative process. The most common way they do so is when the majority leader… Read More
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Wallner on the Senate: How senators can offer amendments without the majority leader’s permission

October 18, 2017
By James Wallner The demise of regular order in the Senate makes it harder for its members to participate in the legislative process. And the result of their efforts… Read More
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Wallner on the Senate: Structural imbalances in the Senate’s amendment process

October 17, 2017
The Senate is a pale imitation of what it once was. A major reason for its current predicament is that senators are no longer able to freely amend the… Read More
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Wallner on the Senate: Blocking amendments is a perversion of Senate rules and practices

October 16, 2017
The Senate today is an institution in decline. It is paralyzed—unable to legislate, much less deliberate. The Senate’s plight is reflected in the near-total deterioration of its amendment process. Read More
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Why Does the Senate So Rarely Consider a Budget Resolution?

August 9, 2017
The share of amendments to the budget resolution that are symbolic, 1993-2015. Source: Molly Reynolds, “Considering the budget resolution in the Senate: Challenges and consequences of reform,” May 2017. By… Read More