ICYMI: Analysis on legislative gridlock and congressional oversight

September 4, 2018
The most recent edition of the The Legislative Scholar, the newsletter of the legislative studies section of the American Political Science Association, focuses on “the pervasive problem of… Read More

How diverse are Democratic Senate offices? You might be surprised …

August 30, 2018
Seemingly every year, journalists tweet pictures of House and Senate interns, offering photographic evidence that those interning in the branch of government most connected to the people don’t really look… Read More

Remembering Senator John McCain

August 27, 2018
(Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in the First Branch Forecast on August 27, 2018.) McCain Senate office building? In his tweets commemorating the life of Sen. McCain, Sen. Read More

How to spot policy riders in appropriations bills

August 22, 2018
(Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in  Legislative Procedure on August 15, 2018.) By James Wallner Senate Rule XVI (paragraphs 1 and 2) prohibits the inclusion of… Read More

How effective are former governors as legislators in Congress?

August 14, 2018
(Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on the Hewlett Foundation website on August 8, 2018.) By Jean Parvin Bordewich Governors form a subset of senators with the unique… Read More

House rules should be available to public before vote

August 9, 2018
(Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the Legislative Procedure blog on August 8, 2018.) At the beginning of the 115th Congress, members of the House of Representatives… Read More

Losing isn’t required to play the game

August 6, 2018
By James Wallner The way in which the Senate considered the minibus appropriations bill (HR 6147) last week was a classic example of how its leaders (and bill managers)… Read More

Eliminating the Motion to Vacate is a bad idea

August 2, 2018
By Joshua C. Huder One thing I really don’t understand about recent reform proposals: Eliminating or significantly tailoring the motion to vacate. This very rare motion has received more… Read More

What makes Senate leaders so powerful?

August 1, 2018
By James Wallner The floor leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties dominate today’s Senate. They play a central role both in crafting major bills and in shepherding them… Read More

Resignations, appointments, and the 2018 U.S. Senate map

July 26, 2018
By Tim Lynch Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) have more in common than a surname. They are the two most junior senators and both… Read More