Can the Senate GOP Approve Supreme Court Nominees Without Going Nuclear?

February 9, 2017
Yes, writes Sean Davis at The Federalist, and the Senate can do so while allowing robust debate. The path, Davis argues, is via the “two speech” rule: “By enforcing… Read More

What Place Will the Filibuster Have In the 115th Congress?

February 8, 2017
Photo credit: McConnnell.senate.gov by Rob Oldham For the first time in six years, we have unified government. With Republicans in charge of the House and the Senate… Read More

Were the Staffers Who Worked on the Trump EO in the Wrong?

February 6, 2017
Or Is the Problem the House’s Guidance on Transition Work? By Michael L. Stern Last Monday, Politico reported that senior Republican staffers on the House Judiciary Committee… Read More

Can the House Return to Regular Order?

January 16, 2017
In The Hill, Don Wolfensberger writes: In following the election of House Speakers in recent years, it is hard to overlook the common thread of their acceptance speeches:… Read More

What Is the Obamacare Repeal Resolution?

January 12, 2017
Was the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act repealed this week? What is all this talk about reconciliation and vote-a-rama? The answers to these questions and more are in Molly… Read More

Do Term Limits for Committee Chairs Weaken Committees?

January 10, 2017
Photo credit: Appropriations.house.gov Yes, say professors Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman. They write in the January 4, 2017 Washington Post: Beginning in the mid-1990s, Republicans limited their chair positions to three… Read More

Does Bipartisanship Work In a Polarized Congress?

January 3, 2017
Yes it does, according to professors Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman, who direct the Legislative Effectiveness Project. By their calculations, a “typical lawmaker with above-average bipartisanship is about… Read More

New House Rules Would Fine Members for Live-streaming

December 26, 2016
Bloomberg News’ Billy House reports: “U.S. Speaker Paul Ryan and his Republican lieutenants want to hit fellow lawmakers with fines and potential ethics violations if they engage in live-streaming… Read More

Making Oversight Win-Win

December 8, 2016
Source: C-SPAN2 Mere mention of the word “oversight” can make a public administrator queasy. It’s not because bureaucracies inevitably have something tawdry or corrupt to hide. Indeed, government agencies often… Read More

The House Will Have a Longer Calendar In 2017

December 2, 2016
Source: MajorityLeader.gov One aspect of congressional capacity i the calendar: how long the House and Senate are in town doing legislative business affects how much they can get done. Rachel… Read More