The Filibuster is Not a Veto

April 26, 2021
This post originally appeared on Legislative Procedure. The filibuster is one of the Senate’s most recognizable features. The Washington Post recently called it “the most important rule in politics.” The… Read More

Will Democrats Really Nuke the Filibuster—and What Happens If They Do?

March 24, 2021
James Wallner writes in Reason: A growing number of Biden’s supporters want Senate Democrats to abolish the filibuster through another route: the so-called nuclear option. This is a procedural… Read More

New Podcast from AEI & Kevin Kosar: Understanding Congress

December 9, 2020
Congress is the least liked and perhaps least understood part of government. But it’s vital to our constitutional government. Congress is the only branch equipped to work through our diverse… Read More

Divided government sometimes overperforms expectations.

November 19, 2020
In a new New York Times opinion piece, James Curry and Frances Lee make the case that a Senate majority may not be necessary for progressive to get “ambitious things… Read More

Democrats Have Made It Easier for Republicans to Confirm Barrett

October 26, 2020
Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced that she intends to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court, reversing her prior pledge to vote no… Read More

With Amy Coney Barrett, Democrats hold a master class on how to lose a Senate debate

October 22, 2020
Shortly after President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court’s vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senate Democrats vowed to do everything they could… Read More

What Happens Now in the Senate Judiciary Committee

October 15, 2020
(This piece originally appeared in Legislative Procedure.) After two marathon days of questioning, the Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to complete its review of Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to… Read More

End confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees

October 13, 2020
In USA Today, Ilya Shapiro, director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, makes the case for ending Supreme Court confirmation hearings for… Read More

Barrett’s confirmation may be certain, but these Senate hearings are invaluable

October 13, 2020
In the Washington Post, Adam J. White, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, makes the case for why Supreme Court nomination hearings are important. “Yet despite all… Read More

Norms, Precedents and Senate Confirmation

October 2, 2020
The Supreme Court vacancy created by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing has thrust the Senate’s constitutional confirmation function into an already chaotic 2020 election cycle. Senate Majority Leader McConnell appears… Read More