Government Series

Supreme Court Nominations: Presidential Nomination, the Judiciary Committee, Proper Scope of Questioning of Nominees, Senate Consideration, Cloture, and the Use of the Filibuster

Supreme Court Nominations: Presidential Nomination, the Judiciary Committee, Proper Scope of Questioning of Nominees, Senate Consideration, Cloture, and the Use of the Filibuster

Supreme Court Nominations Supreme Court Nominations:Presidential Nomination, the Judiciary Committee, Proper Scope of Questioning of Nominees, Senate Consideration, Cloture, and the Use of the Filibuster Compiled by TheCapitol.Net Authors: Denis Steven Rutkus, Elizabeth Rybicki, Betsy Palmer, Todd Tatelman, Richard S. Beth, Michael Koempel and Judy Schneider The procedure for appointing a Supreme Court Justice is […]

Filibuster, Cloture, Presidential Nominations, Article II Section 2 – CRS Reports

Filibuster, Cloture, Presidential Nominations, Article II Section 2 – CRS Reports

U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 2 “Procedures for Considering Changes in Senate Rules,” CRS Report R42929, January 22, 2013 (21-page PDF) “Proposals to Change the Operation of Cloture in the Senate,” CRS Report R41342, January 3, 2013 (26-page PDF) “Proposals to Reform ‘Holds’ in the Senate,” CRS Report RL31685, August 31, 2011 (26-page PDF) “Filibusters […]

Senatorial Courtesy (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Senatorial Courtesy (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Senatorial Courtesy     Sometimes referred to as “the courtesy of the Senate,” it is a general practice – with no written rule – applied to consideration of executive nominations. Generally, it means that nominations from a state are not to be confirmed unless they […]

Recent CRS Reports on Congressional Pay and Perks

Recent CRS Reports on Congressional Pay and Perks

From our web site: Pay and Perquisites of Members of Congress, Including A History of House and Senate Salaries (CongressPay.com) photo credit: mootown “Federal Employees: Pension COLAs and Pay Adjustments Since 1969,” by Katelin P. Isaacs, CRS Report 94-971 (13-page PDF ) “Salaries of Members of Congress: Congressional Votes, 1990-2011,” by Ida A. Brudnick, CRS […]

The President’s Nominations to Federal Courts

The President’s Nominations to Federal Courts

Because appointments to Federal District and Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Supreme Court, are lifetime appointments, the Senate plays a constitutional (Article. II. Section. 2.) and active role in such appointments. The stakes in judicial appointments are often seen as being quite high by most senators. photo credit: maveric2003 The president typically consults senators […]

Smart Grid

Smart Grid

[T]he biggest problems with the $1.5 trillion installation of the Smart Grid are not the dicey technological, financial, and regulatory riddles that currently obsess bureaucrats, but chewy philosophical ones.The Smart Grid is rolling out lickety split because all the right interest groups love it: Utilities like the idea of cutting labor costs and being able […]

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