Is Paul Ryan delivering on his promise for regular order?

April 13, 2016
When Paul Ryan accepted the nomination for the speakership he promised his colleagues that he’d deliver a more regular process. He promised more inclusion in developing strategy, more opportunities for… Read More

R.I.P. FY2017 Budget

March 21, 2016
The prospects of a congressional budget resolution are nearing zero. For weeks members in the House and Senate searched for a path forward. As of today, each institution is trail-blazing… Read More

Simulating the Senate Vote to Confirm Merrick Garland

March 18, 2016
On Wednesday, President Obama appointed Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.   Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (IA) have… Read More

Senate SCOTUS politics in 2016

February 19, 2016
The passing of Justice Antonin Scalia this past weekend throws a new wrinkle into Senate politics. As if things were difficult enough for Majority Leader McConnell, he now has to… Read More

How long will the “open process” last?

February 3, 2016
During the Republican retreat two weeks ago Speaker Ryan doubled down on his commitment open the process in the House. The original pledge was offered to satisfy conservative members’… Read More

What’s on Tap in Congress in 2016?

January 7, 2016
This was originally published at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. The 114th Congress was a whirlwind of activity compared to its predecessors. Accomplishments like trade promotion authority, a… Read More

Regular order: Republicans’ risky venture into open debate

December 1, 2015
Members in the House are calling for regular order. If you have no idea what “regular order” means, don’t worry. You’re not alone. In fact, you’re probably in the company… Read More

Ohio’s Issue 3 Could Influence Federal Decriminalization Efforts

November 9, 2015
[An earlier version of this blog post was published by The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.  See here.  Thanks to John Sides for his support.] Last Tuesday, voters in Ohio rejected… Read More

When Does Congress Repeal Legislation? A New Dataset of Major Repeals from 1877-2012 Provides Answers

October 19, 2015
Our understanding of Congress—and how we evaluate the institution—is shaped by the laws it enacts.  Yet Congress often performs the opposite of law creation: repealing landmark laws.  But despite the regularity and… Read More

Gun Control Remains Unlikely in this Congress

October 2, 2015
A post in July explained why gun control is unlikely to happen in this Congress.  It was prompted by the shootings Tennessee and Louisiana.  A shortened version of that post appeared… Read More