James Wallner, “The Senate is gridlocked but not for the reason you might think,” LegBranch Blog, July 31, 2019:

“Given this, gridlock, properly understood, only arises in those situations in which both majority- and minority-party senators are unwilling to expend the effort required for their side to prevail.”


James C. Capretta, “Half a cheer for the budget deal,” RealClearPolicy, July 31, 2019:

“Unfortunately, neither side had any interest in taking on a politically challenging agreement. They chose instead to follow the path of least resistance, which, as usual, meant making both parties in Congress happy at the taxpayers’ expense.”


James Pfiffner and Justin Florence, “Using the pardon power to encourage law breaking,” The Hill. July 31, 2019:

“While one of us was invited by the committee’s Democratic majority and the other by the Republican minority, it turned out that we agreed about almost everything. In particular, each of us testified that the pardon power is broad and serves important purposes in the Constitution—but we can’t allow it to be used to license future law-breaking.”


Adam Brandon, “One thing congress should adopt from Switzerland: a debt break,” Washington Examiner, July 31, 2019:

“The Swiss plan caps government spending increases at trendline revenue increase levels. In this way, the government will never grow faster than the private sector — nor should it.”


Niv Elis, “Outgoing Senate Budget chair unveils plans to replace Budget Committee,” The Hill, July 30, 2019:

“Enzi’s plan would replace the Budget Committee with a Fiscal Control Committee, which would have to include the leaders of the appropriations and finance committees. The committee would have to establish a debt target to be carried out in a two-year budget and appropriations cycle.”


Zach Graves, “Should we rename the Office of Technology Assessment?” Medium.com, July 30, 2019:

“How an entity is described is important to how people think about it.”


Jordain Carney, “Democrats urge Graham to back down from rules change threat,” The Hill, July 26, 2019:

“ ‘Our Committee rules are intended to ensure meaningful participation by both the majority and the minority, regardless which party is in charge,’ Feinstein wrote.”


James Wallner, “Senate GOP were better off when Harry Reid was in charge,” Washington Examiner, July 26, 2019:

“McConnell promised the president that he will prevent senators from offering controversial amendments to bills that would thwart the president’s agenda.”


Jessie Bur, “Modernization committee makes proposals to help staffers, improve IT,” Federal Times, July 26, 2019:

“These are the second set of recommendations that the newly formed committee has sent to the full House, and many stem from testimony and statements submitted by both members of Congress and experts in the respective fields.”

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