Category Archives: Budget

What does DHS/immigration tell us about the power of Congress and the President?

Institutional power is more of an academic topic. Nonetheless, it has enormous ramifications. The current immigration debate is a great example of that. Despite the rhetoric around the DHS debate, America has never had a dictator president – the current … Continue reading

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Budget Process Improvement Act of 2011

A new bipartisan budget reform proposal is out. My representative sent this most recent bill to my email labelled as a plan to fix the budget process. Representatives Daniel Webster (R-FL), Jim Rennaci (R-OH), John Carney (D-DE), Larry Buschon (R-IN), … Continue reading

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Shutdown Roundtable: Lessons from 1994?

Here at Rule22, we decided to try something new: we’re each going to weigh in on the looming government shutdown.  Josh’s excellent post, if you haven’t read it, suggests that the Democratic strategy of co-opting the Republican agenda, which has … Continue reading

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Shutdown Roundtable: Bargaining Strategies

One thing is certain: Republicans’ bargaining strategy is a winner. Over the past couple years Republicans won major legislative concessions while still winning the message battle. It’s an impressive feat for a minority party (or sort of minority party in … Continue reading

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