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Hurdles to making recess appointments

July 28, 2020  ·  James Wallner
The federal government selects candidates for high-level positions in the executive branch and the judiciary in one of two ways: Senate confirmation or recess appointment. The president may also make recess… Read More

Filling vacancies in the executive branch and on the federal bench

July 27, 2020  ·  James Wallner
The federal government selects candidates for high-level positions in the executive branch and in the judiciary in one of two ways: Senate confirmation or recess appointment. The Constitution’s… Read More

ICYMI: Direct election and the foreign policy president

July 26, 2020  ·  Phillip B.K. Potter, Jeffery A. Jenkins, and Thomas R. Gray
Illustration by J.S. Pugh, 1903. Illustration shows seven men as Roman senators labeled “T.C. Tillman, Lodge, Stewart, Morgan, Quay, [and] Hoar.” George F. Hoar is speaking to the others while… Read More

ICYMI: How the Senate handles the NDAA and Amendments

July 24, 2020  ·  James Wallner
R Street Institute senior fellow James Wallner lays it all out on his legislative procedure blog at https://www.legislativeprocedure.com/blog/2020/7/21/the-ndaa-amendment-process… Read More

House revives floor amendments

July 24, 2020  ·  Don Wolfensberger
In my previous Congress Blog (June 28) I lamented that the House Democratic leadership had barred any and all floor amendments to six major bills, all made in order by a… Read More

Direct election and the foreign policy president

July 23, 2020  ·  Phillip B.K. Potter, Jeffery A. Jenkins, and Thomas R. Gray
Illustration by J.S. Pugh, 1903. Illustration shows seven men as Roman senators labeled “T.C. Tillman, Lodge, Stewart, Morgan, Quay, [and] Hoar.” George F. Hoar is speaking to the others while… Read More

Managers’ packages are leverage

July 22, 2020  ·  James Wallner
The standard view of the Senate considers its rules and practices to be a constraint on senators’ behavior. But Senate-watchers should resist conceptualizing the institution’s rules and practices as a… Read More

The Room Where It Happened

July 22, 2020  ·  Louis Fisher
Before I read it, I wondered about the title of this book by John Bolton. The “room” is most likely the Oval Office, although important meetings were held elsewhere,… Read More

Oversight gone wrong

July 21, 2020  ·  Christopher J. Bright
Congressional investigations of the executive branch are frequently dominated by partisanship and ideology. Even-keeled and methodical analysis is better. Turning serious inquiries into tendentious exercises weakens oversight. Recent revelations about… Read More

Three concrete steps to improve the relationship between Capitol Hill and Foggy Bottom

July 20, 2020  ·  Ryan Dukeman
Source: Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. “Cold.” “Toxic.” “Dysfunctional.” These are the words that come to mind when thinking of the relationship between Congress and the State Department, on… Read More