Capitol Hill Lunch: Exceptions to the Rule: The Politics of Filibuster Limitations in the U.S. Senate

November 22, 2017
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ICYMI Round-up of good reads on Congress

October 20, 2017
The bad old days. Joseph Keppler, “The Bosses of the Senate,” Puck , 1889. U.S. Senate Collection (cat.no.  38.00392.001 ) Jeff Davis on “The rule that broke the Senate,”… Read More

Wallner on the Senate: In defense of third degree amendments

October 19, 2017
By James Wallner Senate majorities routinely restrict the ability of senators to participate in the legislative process. The most common way they do so is when the majority leader… Read More

Wallner on the Senate: How senators can offer amendments without the majority leader’s permission

October 18, 2017
By James Wallner The demise of regular order in the Senate makes it harder for its members to participate in the legislative process. And the result of their efforts… Read More

Wallner on the Senate: Structural imbalances in the Senate’s amendment process

October 17, 2017
The Senate is a pale imitation of what it once was. A major reason for its current predicament is that senators are no longer able to freely amend the… Read More

Wallner on the Senate: Blocking amendments is a perversion of Senate rules and practices

October 16, 2017
The Senate today is an institution in decline. It is paralyzed—unable to legislate, much less deliberate. The Senate’s plight is reflected in the near-total deterioration of its amendment process. Read More

ICYMI: James Wallner and Peter Hanson on the Filibuster

October 13, 2017
Episode #284 of Banter, an American Enterprise Institute podcast, features R Street Institute’s James Wallner and Grinnell College’s Peter Hanson. You can listen in at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/banter-an-aei-podcast/id427915745?mt=2# or https://ricochet.com/podcast/banter-284-james-wallner-peter-hanson-senate-filibuster/… Read More

Preserve the Filibuster: Protect the People from Political Parties

October 12, 2017
Source: HistoryNet.com Gregory Kogor writes at the Ripon Society: “Should Senate Republicans abolish the filibuster?  The filibuster is not specifically established by the U.S. Constitution.  Then again, neither are political… Read More

The Senate Is Broken, But Don’t Blame the Filibuster

October 10, 2017
By John Rackey In a recent article, Ezra Klein declared the Senate broken. The culprits, according to Klein, are the increased use of the filibuster and the reconciliation… Read More

ICYMI: Ezra Klein Declares the Senate Broken

October 2, 2017
Ezra Klein Writes at Vox: “It is past time for the Senate to admit what its members, and the country, already know. The institution is broken. The rules need… Read More