Evaluating the NDAA amendment process

July 31, 2020
Last week, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (S. 4049; NDAA) by a vote of 86 to… Read More

Let senators speak to confirm more nominees

July 30, 2020
The Senate’s ability to confirm presidential nominations and pass legislation on a majoritarian basis during the 128-year period before it adopted the cloture rule to end… Read More

A strategy to speed up the Senate’s confirmation process

July 29, 2020
According to reports, Senate Democrats are obstructing President Trump’s executive and judicial nominees at unprecedented rates. In 2019, Senate Republicans used the nuclear option to speed… Read More

Hurdles to making recess appointments

July 28, 2020
The federal government selects candidates for high-level positions in the executive branch and the judiciary in one of two ways: Senate confirmation or recess appointment. The president may also make recess… Read More

Filling vacancies in the executive branch and on the federal bench

July 27, 2020
The federal government selects candidates for high-level positions in the executive branch and in the judiciary in one of two ways: Senate confirmation or recess appointment. The Constitution’s… Read More

ICYMI: How the Senate handles the NDAA and Amendments

July 24, 2020
R Street Institute senior fellow James Wallner lays it all out on his legislative procedure blog at https://www.legislativeprocedure.com/blog/2020/7/21/the-ndaa-amendment-process… Read More

House revives floor amendments

July 24, 2020
In my previous Congress Blog (June 28) I lamented that the House Democratic leadership had barred any and all floor amendments to six major bills, all made in order by a… Read More

Managers’ packages are leverage

July 22, 2020
The standard view of the Senate considers its rules and practices to be a constraint on senators’ behavior. But Senate-watchers should resist conceptualizing the institution’s rules and practices as a… Read More

Floor procedures tightened in pandemic’s wake

July 8, 2020
Source: WilsonCenter.org. In his latest column on Congress, Don Wolfensberger writes: As urgent times call for urgent measures, the House Rules Committee last Wednesday pulled the six-alarm emergency… Read More

Podcast: Congress’s proxy wars

June 30, 2020
Listen here. The House of Representatives has resolved to allow members of Congress to vote by proxy. Some members of the House, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy… Read More