OP-ED

McCain in his final speech to the Senate in July reminded his colleagues that, “…our arcane rules and customs are deliberately intended to require broad cooperation to function well at all… Our strange rules and seemingly eccentric practices that slow our proceedings and insist on our cooperation are important. Our founders envisioned the Senate as the more delibe...

Where is the great tradition of the U.S. Senate and its oversight of the executive branch? Where are the voices of conscience?

President Donald Trump attacks what he calls the “witch hunt” by special counsel Robert Mueller virtually every day now.

Included in his Twitter outbursts are swipes at the Justice Department, the FBI, the intelligence community and, to a distressing extent, the mass media, suggesting these institutions of our democracy cannot be implicitly trusted.

Congress is doi...

In recent years both parties have been weaponizing procedure with each party retaliating for past indignities, with their own provocations.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) chats with Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (R) during a Congressional Gold Medal presentation ceremony October 25, 2017, at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) per Newsmax

As we enter the new year — importantly a Congressional election year — the Se...

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch (L) talks with Chief Justice John Roberts (R) on the steps of the Supreme Court following his official investiture at the Supreme Court June 15, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images

The pace is picking up. Republicans in the Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, bolstered by outside conservative groups lik...

On December 12, the voters in Alabama are scheduled to select a new U.S. Senator in a special election to fill the seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions, now the Attorney General, and temporarily held by appointed Senator Luther Strange.

In the very red state, the Real Clear Politics average shows Republican candidate Roy Moore leading Democrat Doug Jones by nearly f...

The Republican right is engaging in a big push to change the face of the federal judiciary. They are pressuring the Senate Republicans to accelerate the process of confirming nominees, hoping the Senate will rubber stamp the Trump appointees.

President Trump came into office with more than 120 vacancies awaiting him. Today there are 150 vacancies, 21 in the powerfu...

Perhaps I am a bit of a “Pollyanna.”

I believe that major sweeping legislation which impacts public policy for years to come is best shaped by bipartisan majorities.

The saga of Obamacare is a cautionary tale. Democrats were able to pass the Affordable Care Act without any meaningful Republican participation. The effort to repeal that program has thus far been even...

The Senate Republicans have been engaged in a shameful exercise.

Few of them will step forward to defend the substance of the Cassidy-Graham bill, the latest effort to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. It’s a terribly cynical bill which ravages Medicaid and leaves current recipients of Obamacare open to the elimination or weakening of protections for those with pre-e...

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Richard A. Arenberg

Brown University