Video of Meeting On: Congressional Procedure and Policymaking

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September 28, 2017
The Brookings Institution’s Molly E. Reynolds led the discussion of legislative procedure and policymaking at the September 2017 meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group. Dr. Reynolds is… Read More

ICYMI: The Course of the Confirmation Process Isn’t Supposed to Run Smoothly

September 11, 2017
James Wallner writes at the Library of Law & Liberty: “To the extent that obstruction and delay make it harder for a majority party to operate in the manner… it… Read More

ICYMI: Should the House of Representatives Follow Its Own Rules?

September 8, 2017
The Congressional Institute’s Mark Strand and Tim Lang write: “Although the House of Representatives adopts rules on the first day of each new Congress, the Chamber frequently votes to… Read More

A Beginner’s Guide to Senate Rules

September 6, 2017
James Wallner’s first white paper for R Street is available at http://www.rstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/107.pdf… Read More

ICYMI: Brookings Panel On Procedure and Politics

August 31, 2017
On August 2, Brookings brought together a panel of experts to discuss procedural politics in the early days of the 115th Congress. Focusing specifically on two of… Read More

How a Majority Can Overcome Filibustering Without Changing the Rules

August 29, 2017
Source: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” Columbia Pictures Corporation, 1939. James Wallner writes at the Federalist: [S]enators have proposed various reforms over the years to clamp down on the minority’s… Read More

ICYMI: Senatorial Scrums Make Members into Rubber Stamps

August 16, 2017
Source: Wikipedia. James Wallner writes at the Library of Law and Liberty: “Look behind every major legislative success the U.S. Senate has had in recent years and you will… Read More

Latest Edition of the Healthy Congress Index Issued

August 15, 2017
“The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Healthy Congress Index provides Americans with crucial metrics for evaluating Congress’s ability to effectively legislate and govern. It compares results against past Congresses and will… Read More

ICYMI: How One Senator Helped His Colleagues Get Answers from the Executive Branch

August 10, 2017
Source: https://www.grassley.senate.gov/ Charles S. Cook writes at Government Executive: “The White House is no longer rigidly defending a Justice Department opinion that the Trump administration was using to instruct agencies… Read More

Congress May Be More Bipartisan Than You Think

August 8, 2017
At the Library of Congress’s Congress and History conference, political scientists James Curry and Frances Lee presented their working paper “Non-Party Government: Bipartisan Lawmaking and Theories… Read More