Hurdles to making recess appointments

July 28, 2020
The federal government selects candidates for high-level positions in the executive branch and the judiciary in one of two ways: Senate confirmation or recess appointment. The president may also make recess… Read More

Filling vacancies in the executive branch and on the federal bench

July 27, 2020
The federal government selects candidates for high-level positions in the executive branch and in the judiciary in one of two ways: Senate confirmation or recess appointment. The Constitution’s… Read More

ICYMI: How the Senate handles the NDAA and Amendments

July 24, 2020
R Street Institute senior fellow James Wallner lays it all out on his legislative procedure blog at https://www.legislativeprocedure.com/blog/2020/7/21/the-ndaa-amendment-process… Read More

House revives floor amendments

July 24, 2020
In my previous Congress Blog (June 28) I lamented that the House Democratic leadership had barred any and all floor amendments to six major bills, all made in order by a… Read More

Managers’ packages are leverage

July 22, 2020
The standard view of the Senate considers its rules and practices to be a constraint on senators’ behavior. But Senate-watchers should resist conceptualizing the institution’s rules and practices as a… Read More

Floor procedures tightened in pandemic’s wake

July 8, 2020
Source: WilsonCenter.org. In his latest column on Congress, Don Wolfensberger writes: As urgent times call for urgent measures, the House Rules Committee last Wednesday pulled the six-alarm emergency… Read More

Podcast: Congress’s proxy wars

June 30, 2020
Listen here. The House of Representatives has resolved to allow members of Congress to vote by proxy. Some members of the House, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy… Read More

Three days a week

June 24, 2020
Senate Republicans consistently emphasized their performance confirming conservative judges in the months leading up to the 2018 midterm elections. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pointed… Read More

Democrats support Trump’s judicial nominees

June 23, 2020
A recent Politico report examining “the Senate’s record-breaking gridlock” during Donald Trump’s presidency claims that Democratic “filibusters against the president’s nominees have hit historic highs.” The report claims… Read More

Republicans are responsible for confirmation process slowdown

June 22, 2020
A review of the Senate confirmation process in the 115th and 116th Congresses indicates that President Trump’s judicial nominees received more Democratic support than the standard view assumes. In short,… Read More