Video: Meeting on Amendments and the State of the 21st-Century Senate

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September 19, 2016
On September 19, 2016, the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group had its fourth meeting. There were thirty five attendees. James Wallner and Molly Reynolds both spoke on amendments and the Senate… Read More

RSVP for the September 19, 2016 Meeting

September 8, 2016
Monday, September 19, 12pm Capitol Visitors Center Topic: Amendments and the State of the 21st Century Senate Speaker: James Wallner, Ph.D., Group Vice President, Research, The Heritage Foundation Discussant:… Read More

Is the 114th Congress Getting Things Done?

August 2, 2016
Source: Yes, writes Marci Harris and her team at PopVox. “The 114th Congress has passed a significant number of major policies into law: from ending a Medicare physician payment… Read More

Senate Appropriators FY2017 Language on the Congressional Research Service

July 22, 2016
The May 19, 2016, Senate  Appropriations Committee’s report carries this language regarding the Congressional Research Service. Congressional Research Servicesalaries and expenses Appropriations, 2016………………………………    $106,945,000Budget… Read More

RSVP for the July 26, 2016 Meeting

July 13, 2016
The Madison Building, which houses CRS. Source: To reserve a seat, surf to The meeting’s topic is: a Congressional Research Service for the 21st century. The Congressional Research… Read More

Will Some House Democrats Face Ethics Reviews?

June 30, 2016
Source: The Atlantic . USA Today reports: “An independent watchdog group is filing an ethics complaint against several House Democrats for violating House rules last week during lawmakers’ 25-hour sit-in… Read More

James Wallner’s “Unprecedented: Informal Rules and Leader Power in the United States Senate”

June 30, 2016
James Wallner’s white paper, “Unprecedented: Informal Rules and Leader Power in the United States Senate,” analyzes how Senate majority leadership uses amendment proposal precedents to control Senate deliberation. Read More

House GOP May Require Printing of Appropriations Amendments

May 24, 2016
“House Republicans may soon require members who wish to amend spending bills to file their proposals in the Congressional Record before a floor vote — a maneuver designed to… Read More

To Be Effective Legislators, Members of Congress Need Expert Resources of Their Own

May 19, 2016
Professor James Curry (University of Utah) is the author of Legislating in the Dark: Information and Power in the House of Representatives (University of Chicago Press, 2015). He writes: “Public… Read More

New Budget Drama and Procedural Inventiveness. Got to love the House.

February 24, 2016
The optimism following the 2-year budget deal struck last October is officially over. Many House majority members who were unhappy with the deal remain unhappy. Over the past month… Read More