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

Congress helped create the CFPB’s leadership crisis. It can fix it.

November 29, 2017
Source: Over the past few days, the D.C. news cycle has been dominated by the palace intrigue over who should be properly recognized as acting director of the Consumer… Read More

Capitol Hill Lunch: Exceptions to the Rule: The Politics of Filibuster Limitations in the U.S. Senate

November 22, 2017
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ICYMI Round-up of good reads on Congress

October 20, 2017
The bad old days. Joseph Keppler, “The Bosses of the Senate,” Puck , 1889. U.S. Senate Collection (  38.00392.001 ) Jeff Davis on “The rule that broke 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

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

ICYMI: James Wallner and Peter Hanson on the Filibuster

October 13, 2017
Episode #284 of Banter, an American Enterprise Institute podcast, features R Street Institute’s James Wallner and Grinnell College’s Peter Hanson. You can listen in at or… Read More

Preserve the Filibuster: Protect the People from Political Parties

October 12, 2017
Source: Gregory Kogor writes at the Ripon Society: “Should Senate Republicans abolish the filibuster?  The filibuster is not specifically established by the U.S. Constitution.  Then again, neither are political… Read More