APSA congressional reform task force report

January 21, 2020
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No, the Senate can’t have a trial before the House sends articles of impeachment

January 13, 2020
President Trump’s Republican allies want the Senate to hold an impeachment trial to prove that the president is not guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. But Democrats in the House… Read More

Chief Justice can’t forcibly recuse senators

January 9, 2020
Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe suggested recently that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court gets to decide whether he has jurisdiction to forcibly recuse (or disqualify) a senator… Read More

Do articles of impeachment expire?

January 7, 2020
On December 18th, the House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump. After that, as we have all been taught, the Senate is supposed to take over… Read More

Your guide to what happens next with impeachment

December 30, 2019
Now that the House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Trump, action shifts to the Senate, whose members are charged by the Constitution to determine… Read More

ICYMI: The minority witness rule explained, and why it might be irrelevant for impeachment

December 20, 2019
(Editor’s Note: This piece first appeared on the Brookings Institution’s FixGov blog on December 12, 2019.) In nearly every hearing throughout the President Trump impeachment saga,… Read More

First steps in a Senate impeachment trial

December 17, 2019
Source: Doc.House.Gov Senate Democrats are looking for leverage to strengthen their position in negotiations with Republicans to determine what, if any, new rules are needed to structure an anticipated… Read More

The Senate already has Rules for impeachment trials

December 15, 2019
If the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., predicted that he and his colleagues would wait until after the… Read More

There is more to dilatory motions than people think

December 12, 2019
Wednesday’s first Judiciary Committee in the House’s impeachment inquiry highlights the various ways in which legislators use dilatory motions to slow the chamber’s decision-making process. At the… Read More

Today: Hearing on “Rules and Procedures in the U.S. House of Representatives: A Look at Reform Efforts and State Best Practices”

December 5, 2019
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019 – 2:00pmLocation: 210 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Witnesses: Mr. Christopher M. Davis Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process, Congressional Research… Read More