Earmarks Return

Tara Golshan and Kevin Robillard at HuffPo report that congressional Democrats are planning to revive earmarks. “Chair DeLauro supports Member-directed funding for community projects,” said Evan Hollander, a spokesperson with the House Appropriations Committee, which...

The Case for the Filibuster

James Wallner at LegBranch.org: Today’s opponents of the filibuster share a distorted view of the Senate. They see it as a factory whose purpose is to produce legislative widgets. Senators become, in their minds, craftsmen who apply technical knowledge to make those...

Remote Voting in the Senate

Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) , Dick Durbin (D-IL)  and security expert Jason Matheny at the New York Times: An essential part of the Senate’s constitutional function, no matter the circumstances, is for senators to cast votes on legislation. We propose allowing remote...