Senate Parliamentarian

James Wallner at Legislative Procedure: There are several reasons why senators’ procedural independence declined beginning in the 1930. For example, New Deal legislation packed the Senate’s agenda and its members were spending less time on the floor beginning in this...

Congress and Earmarks

Zachary Courser & Kevin R. Kosar at AEI: The Democratic leadership in Congress is currently making fast moves toward reimplementing earmarks after a 10-year moratorium…Based on our research, we have a few recommendations that congressional committees should...

Blunt Talk

James Hohmann at WP: Several years ago, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) spotted the bust of a man on top of a bookcase in the Capitol. It had no label, and congressional historians were unable to discern the identity of the mystery man, beyond determining that he was a cleric...