How to spot policy riders in appropriations bills

August 22, 2018
(Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in  Legislative Procedure on August 15, 2018.) By James Wallner Senate Rule XVI (paragraphs 1 and 2) prohibits the inclusion of… Read More

How effective are former governors as legislators in Congress?

August 14, 2018
(Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on the Hewlett Foundation website on August 8, 2018.) By Jean Parvin Bordewich Governors form a subset of senators with the unique… Read More

House rules should be available to public before vote

August 9, 2018
(Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the Legislative Procedure blog on August 8, 2018.) At the beginning of the 115th Congress, members of the House of Representatives… Read More

Losing isn’t required to play the game

August 6, 2018
By James Wallner The way in which the Senate considered the minibus appropriations bill (HR 6147) last week was a classic example of how its leaders (and bill managers)… Read More

Eliminating the Motion to Vacate is a bad idea

August 2, 2018
By Joshua C. Huder One thing I really don’t understand about recent reform proposals: Eliminating or significantly tailoring the motion to vacate. This very rare motion has received more… Read More

What makes Senate leaders so powerful?

August 1, 2018
By James Wallner The floor leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties dominate today’s Senate. They play a central role both in crafting major bills and in shepherding them… Read More

Resignations, appointments, and the 2018 U.S. Senate map

July 26, 2018
By Tim Lynch Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) have more in common than a surname. They are the two most junior senators and both… Read More

Diversity and consensus in Senate committees

July 24, 2018
By Jason Mycoff In an era of party polarization and congressional infighting, many wonder if Congress can get anything done. My research focuses on how diverse perspectives… Read More

Considering Impeachment Resolutions in the House

July 18, 2018
By Matt Glassman Last Friday, as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was announcing new indictments related to the special counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election,… Read More

Want results from Congress? Former governors may be the answer

July 17, 2018
Image source By Misty Knight-Finley and Alex Keena In this year’s general election, 33 Senate seats are up for grabs. While much of the focus of these races is on… Read More