Explainer: The House of Representatives committee markup process

June 25, 2019
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Are amendment strategies learned through experience or contingent on the institution?

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May 27, 2019
Seniority in Congress is a standard explanation for why some legislators are more effective lawmakers. Studies in political science reinforce this assumption with empirical observations that senior members are more… Read More

How the Senate keeps track of its precedents

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April 22, 2019
An intricate architecture of rules and practices governs the legislative process in the Senate. The institution’s procedural structure rests on five interlocking supports: the Constitution; the Standing Rules of the… Read More

Republicans go nuclear: An after action report

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April 8, 2019
Republicans in the Senate finally acted to change the rules to speed up the confirmation process for some presidential nominations. They used the nuclear option to shorten the amount of… Read More

Three ways Republicans can go nuclear

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April 1, 2019
Frustrated by how long it takes to confirm President Trump’s nominees, Republicans are accusing Democrats of dragging out unnecessarily the time permitted under the rules after the Senate has invoked… Read More

Republicans poised to nuke legislative filibuster

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April 1, 2019
In 2017, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged not to abolish the legislative filibuster. He did so to persuade his fellow Republicans to back his plan to use… Read More

Rule change empowers leaders to silence senators

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April 1, 2019
Republicans in the Senate want to change the rules to speed up the confirmation process for presidential nominations. Yet their proposal goes much further. It empowers the majority and minority… Read More

The beginning of the end of the legislative filibuster? The unintended consequence of Blunt-Lankford rule change

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April 1, 2019
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set up debate this week to limit post-cloture time to two hours on judicial and executive branch nominees (except agency heads and Supreme Court nominations). But… Read More

New R Sheet: Post-cloture debate time for presidential nominations

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March 20, 2019
Key Points: 1) Republicans can speed up the confirmation process by enforcing the Senate’s current rules and practices. 2) Strictly enforcing the provisions of Rule XXII limits the amount… Read More

The ‘World’s Greatest Deliberative Body’? Yeah, right.

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March 18, 2019
It’s hard to imagine the Senate being any more dysfunctional than it already is. And yet here we are. Reports indicate that Republicans, frustrated by how long it takes to confirm… Read More