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The January 6th Committee and Lots of Other Stuff

Josh and Matt are joined by political scientist and Bloomberg Opinion writer Jonathan Bernstein. We talk about the January 6th investigation, the committee’s presentations, American democracy, Watergate, House leadership, and several other topics that didn’t make it into this description.


What’s happening in the Senate? A lot or nothing?

Josh and Mark are joined by James Wallner, senior fellow at the R Street Institute and lecturer at Clemson University, to discuss why the Senate is doing a lot and nothing all at the same time.


Rest In Peace Congressional Budget Process

Sometime in the last ten years the congressional budget process died. The precise moment is hard to pinpoint because it is not totally – just mostly — dead. But today, only a hollow version of the process still exists. Partisan majorities pass shell budgets to trigger reconciliation in the hopes


Congress and Foreign Policy with Jason Steinbaum

Mark and Matt are joined by 30-year Hill veteran and former staff director of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Jason Steinbaum to discuss the role of Congress in foreign policy.


Supreme Court Nominations with Sue Lagon

Mark and Matt chat with Sue Lagon about the upcoming Supreme Court nomination, and also discuss the “framework” deal for FY22 appropriations.


Filibuster Fight Goes Another Round

According to the headlines, last week Majority Leader Chuck Schumer forced the Senate to vote on a potential change to the Senate filibuster. In actuality, Schumer did something very different. What was nominally aimed at reforming the filibuster was actually an attempt to limit all senators’ rights under the rules to consider a single piece


The end of the first session of the 117th Congress

Mark, Matt, and Josh talk about what did and did not happen in the first session of the 117th Congress, and look forward to 2022 in Congress.


Off-year elections and legislation aren’t inherently linked

Last night, Republicans swept the statewide races in Virginia and made a serious push in New Jersey. Among the various pundit hot-takes and autopsies interpreting what Republicans’ impressive performance means going forward, many pointed to the cooling effect it would have on Democrats’ infrastructure and reconciliation bills. As Republicans shrink the gap in blue states,


Democrats and the Debt Ceiling

Debt ceiling politics is front and center in Congress as the US is scheduled to default on its accrued debt October 18. (For a good explainer on the debt ceiling I recommend my colleague Laura Blessing’s piece.) So far, Senate Republicans have filibustered Democrats’ attempts to raise the debt ceiling. Instead, Minority


Stretching Processes and Avoiding Reform: Senate Reconciliation and Filibuster

News dropped Monday the Senate Parliamentarian would allow Democrats to “revise” the budget resolution for fiscal year 2021. This is an important guidance because it would enable Democrats to pursue another round of reconciliation – a process outlined in the 1974 Budget and Impoundment Control Act allowing for Senate passage of budget-related


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