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Republicans are responsible for confirmation process slowdown

June 22, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
A review of the Senate confirmation process in the 115th and 116th Congresses indicates that President Trump’s judicial nominees received more Democratic support than the standard view assumes. In short,… Read More

Filibusters and cloture

June 19, 2020  ·  James Wallner
The standard account of Senate obstruction goes something like this: The Senate’s lax rules of procedure empower its increasingly polarized members to obstruct the majority party as it tries to… Read More

Podcast: How do democratic self-governments respond to extremism?

June 18, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
Listen here. In this week’s episode of Politics In Question, Mike Signer joins Julia Azari, Lee Drutman, and James Wallner to consider how democratic self-governments respond to extremism… Read More

Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform

June 17, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
Edited by Timothy M. LaPira, Lee Drutman, and Kevin R. Kosar Congress today is falling short. Fewer bills, worse oversight, and more dysfunction. But why? In a new volume of… Read More

House bill passed with proxy votes becomes law

June 16, 2020  ·  James Wallner
President Donald Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (HR 7010) into law on June 5. Among its provisions, HR 7010 increases… Read More

Video: Money in the House of Representatives

June 15, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
Former Reps. Steve Israel (D, NY) and Zach Wamp (R, TN) joined Kevin Kosar to discuss how and why legislators fundraise, and the troubling effects money-getting has on Congress. Read More

Congress should reassert its ‘power of the purse’

June 12, 2020  ·  Jonathan Bydlak
Source: President Trump recently escalated a brewing battle over funding for the World Health Organization. In a letter to the WHO, he threatened a permanent funding freeze and reconsideration… Read More

What are House staffers doing during the pandemic?

June 11, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
RollCall’s Katherine Tully-McManus writes: House members on both sides of the aisle responded with disbelief when asked by CQ Roll Call if they too were considering layoffs while the… Read More

Select Committee members host virtual discussion on congressional staffing reforms

June 10, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar

Today at noon: Money in the House of Representatives

June 9, 2020  ·  Kevin Kosar
Source: Money—it is a fact of life for the legislator. It is widely understood that elected officials raise money for reelection. Less well known is how fundraising affects… Read More