Restoring the First Branch


R Sheet on Post-Cloture Debate Time for Presidential Nominations
James Wallner & Kevin Kosar

Republicans in the Senate are threatening to blow up the chamber’s rules if their Democratic colleagues do not support a proposal authored by Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) to…

Resolution to Terminate President Trump’s Declared National Emergency Passes Both Chambers of Congress
Aubrey Neal

On March 14, 2019, the United States Senate voted 59-41 in support of H.J. Res. 46, a resolution to terminate the national emergency related to the U.S.-Mexico border, which was declared by…

Who’s on the Hill? Staffing and Human Capital in Congress’s Legislative Committees
Casey Burgat

“As the size and complexity of the federal government has continued to grow, Congress has deprioritized spending within the offices most responsible for legislating and conducting Executive Branch…

Who’s on the Hill? Staffing and Human Capital in Congress’s Legislative Committees
Ann Phelan

WASHINGTON (March 14) – Members of Congress and their staff know shockingly little about the committee staffers that make Congress function. As a new Congress ramps up its legislative and oversight…

, The Federalist
The Senate Can Amend Effort To Block Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration
James Wallner

Life is full of mysteries. Does a tree make a sound when it falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it? What lies beyond the edge of the observable universe? Can senators amend a…

, Vox
There’s no case for the filibuster in a closed Senate
Media Coverage

From Vox:

In the current Senate, they don’t. McConnell controls the floor ruthlessly, drawing on a cluttered toolbox of arcane techniques. James Wallner, a longtime Republican Hill staffer now…

, Brian Gongol Podcast
Brian Gongol Podcast: Congress: First among equals
Media Coverage

From the Brian Gongol Podcast:

The myth of the Presidency has gone on too long. Philip Wallach of the R Street Institute joins us to clear up how to make Congress much greater

“We offer two arguments against allowing a president—any president, regardless of party—to circumvent congressional authority.” 26 former members of Congress urge their successors to uphold the Constitution
Aubrey Neal


On Feb. 25, the Project on Government
Oversight (POGO) published an open letter to current Republican members of Congress signed by 26
of their predecessors. In…

R Sheet on Section 232 Reform
Philip Wallach & James Wallner

Note: This version is updated to correct an error in the version posted on Feb. 19, 2019.

Trump to declare national emergency to fund the construction of a wall along America’s southern border.
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

On Jan. 7 of this year, the American Institutions Network
posted an AIN Update in response to the
president’s initial proposal to declare a national emergency to fund…