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James Wallner

Senior Fellow, Governance Project, R Street Institute

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Defining germaneness

July 2, 2018
During Senate consideration of the defense authorization bill, Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, objected to setting a vote on an amendment offered by Mike Lee, R-Utah, on the grounds… Read More

Polarization is an output of our process, not the cause of all our woes

June 26, 2018
Our recent piece, “Congress is Broken. But don’t blame polarization,” provoked a number of useful discussions about how political scientists should interpret the results of empirical models like DW-NOMINATE. Read More

Nothing is inevitable in politics, even in the Senate

March 14, 2018
Image source: CNN By James Wallner The future is not inevitable. And it cannot be predicted with certainty. There is no iron law of history according to which events unfold… Read More

What the Senate’s past tells us about a future nuclear option

March 13, 2018
Image source: US Senate By James Wallner “It is difficult to make predictions, particularly about the future.” We would do well today to heed Mark Twain’s version of the well-known… Read More

Ten ways to unsuck Congress

January 30, 2018
“This place sucks.” Sen. Joe Manchin’s candid commentary came during discussions with Democratic leadership about whether the West Virginia senator would run for reelection. Manchin’s remarks were less a… Read More

The delicate budget balancing act

January 29, 2018
James Wallner, senior fellow with R Street’s Governance Project and Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group teams, joins David Haun, Director of Public Sector Practice at Grant Thornton and… Read More

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

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

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

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