Paul Ryan’s House retirement means that a new person will be Speaker of the House of Representatives next January and become one of the most important elected officials in Washington.
It’s the 105th anniversary of the 17th Amendment, leading us to consider what today’s U.S. Senate would look like if its members weren’t directly elected by voters.
How did the Senate get the filibuster? The unique institution may have been created thanks to some comments made by Aaron Burr.
On March 2, 1824, the Supreme Court ruled in Gibbons v. Ogden, holding that Congress may regulate interstate commerce.
On February 28, 1794, future Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin was denied his elected U.S. Senate seat after a group of Federalists claimed he didn’t meet a constitutional citizenship requirement for office.
If some folks had their way, a three-person tribunal, and not the President, would provide leadership of the “United States of Earth,” in a nation where divorce is illegal.
Today we celebrate a constitutional ratification twofer: the 15th Amendment (ratified February 3, 1870) and the 16th Amendment (ratified February 3, 1913). Here’s what you need to know.
Unless Congress passes a temporary funding bill by late Friday night, many federal government services will stop over the weekend. So what is exactly involved in a federal government shutdown?
Early this week, the House and Senate will likely vote on a huge overhaul to the tax system. So what is the obscure rule that will allow a simple majority of Senators bypass a filibuster and approve the proposed tax changes?
Today marks an important anniversary in American history: the congressional declaration of war on Japan on December 8, 1941. But since then, Congress has rarely used its constitutional power formally issue a war declaration.