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What does DHS/immigration tell us about the power of Congress and the President?

February 20, 2015  ·  LegBranch Team
Institutional power is more of an academic topic. Nonetheless, it has enormous ramifications. The current immigration debate is a great example of that. Despite the rhetoric around the DHS… Read More

Flaws in shutdown logic: It is different this time.

February 18, 2015  ·  LegBranch Team
Republicans’ flirtation with a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security intensified over the weekend. Boehner appears entrenched and suggested Sunday that a shutdown is possible. On President’s… Read More

Have Republicans Gone M.A.D. (Mutual Assured Destruction) on the Filibuster?

February 13, 2015  ·  LegBranch Team
Frustrated House Republicans lashed out against their Senate colleagues Thursday. Without a clear path forward on the DHS funding bill, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) and others blamed Majority Leader McConnell… Read More

Obama wants filibuster reform. Would it help polarization?

February 9, 2015  ·  LegBranch Team
Obama had some interesting things to say about polarization and the filibuster in his interview with Vox. When the question of if government can work in the midst of polarization… Read More

Why three failed votes is not necessarily a failure

February 6, 2015  ·  LegBranch Team
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell received a fair amount of flak this week for his attempts to move forward on the DHS funding bill that expires at the end of the… Read More

Sticker-Schock: Breaking down Members’ Interior Design and Operation Spending

February 5, 2015  ·  LegBranch Team
This piece was co-written with Mark Harkins, a Senior Fellow at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. He worked on Capitol Hill for over 17 years in various positions… Read More

The Senate’s Return to Regular Order?

January 23, 2015  ·  LegBranch Team
For the past week, Majority Leader McConnell experimented with an open amendment process in the Senate. Members offered amendments on everything from climate change, to federally protected land, to limiting… Read More

Handicapping the GOP’s Prospects of Repealing Obamacare in the 114th Congress

January 13, 2015  ·  LegBranch Team
It didn’t take them long, did it? Just a few days into the 114th Congress, Republicans in the House passed not one, but two bills to undo elements of the… Read More

It’s not all Gridlock: What Republicans can accomplish in the 114th Congress

January 6, 2015  ·  LegBranch Team
Can decades of dysfunction reverse course in a single Congress? No. But despite the general pessimism surrounding Congress there are several reason to expect the 114th to be more productive… Read More

Can Republicans roll back Obama’s executive order? It’s hard but not impossible.

November 21, 2014  ·  LegBranch Team
Republicans have rallied behind the idea of defunding Obama’s executive order on immigration either through the omnibus or a rescission – a bill passed after an appropriations bill. However, this… Read More