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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


All the Negative Things: Repeals and Impeachment

Congressional scholars Jordan Ragusa and Nate Birkhead join Josh to discuss the politics of legislative repeals, impeachment, and where the parties are headed in the 117th Congress.


The 116th Congress, yesterday and today

Mark, Laura, and Matt discuss the remainder of the 116th Congress and take a look back at the last two years.


The 116th and the 117th Congresses: It’s bad but probably not as bad as you think

Historic dysfunction may well be the credo of American politics in the 21st century. Congress appears hopelessly gridlocked. Pundits have run out of adjectives to describe the polarization plaguing American politics. And maybe worse, the mixed results of the 2020 Election defy easy analysis. The House Democratic majority lost seats, the Senate Republican majority


Norms, Precedents and Senate Confirmation

The Supreme Court vacancy created by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing has thrust the Senate’s constitutional confirmation function into an already chaotic 2020 election cycle. Senate Majority Leader McConnell appears poised for a pre-election rush to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett—in direct contravention of his previous statements about confirming Supreme Court nominees in election years and


Attempting to oust the Speaker of the House offers short-term nothing for long-term discomfort

Reports emerged yesterday of a plan among House Freedom Caucus (HFC) members to oust Speaker Pelosi via a “motion to vacate the chair.” This motion has been a more frequent political tool recently. In 2015, the HFC used it against Speaker Boehner and threatened to do so again against Speaker Ryan in 2018 as a discharge petition to


Congress, its power, and the filibuster

Josh and Matt talk with Josh Chafetz, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, to talk Congress, its power, and the potential for filibuster reform in the Senate.


Presidential nominations and Party Politics with David Karol

Laura and Josh talk with David Karol about the VP-stakes, party changes, and presidential nominations.


Sarah Binder on Congress and coronavirus politics

Josh and Mark talk with Sarah Binder, Brookings Senior Fellow and professor of political science at George Washington University, about Congress and the politics affecting its coronavirus responses.


Pandemic, Two Beers In.

Matt, Mark, and Josh discuss Congress’s coronavirus response, remote voting, and what happens when too many lawmakers get sick.


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