[UPDATED] Q & A: What’s next for the health care bill?

June 22, 2017: Senate GOP releases "Discussion Draft This morning the Senate released the discussion draft of its changes to the House-passed American Health Care Act. What comes next? The Senate will negotiate informally over the next few days, hearing concerns from members and looking to secure 51 votes. Senators will offer amendments A CBO score (explaining […]

Q & A: How much do Members of Congress get paid?

How much do members of Congress get paid? Most senators, representatives, delegates, and the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico make $174,000. The Speaker of the House (Paul Ryan) makes  $223,500 per year. The president pro tempore of the Senate (Orrin Hatch) and the majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate (Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Kevin […]

Q & A: Can the President dissolve an appeals court circuit?

Can the President really dissolve the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals? Yesterday the Washington Examiner reported that President Trump said that there is interest in “breaking up” the 9th Circuit. The comments came after a second 9th Circuit ruling blocking the Trump’s immigration executive order. The 9th Circuit is the largest of the thirteen appeals court circuits in the […]

Q & A: What is an offset?

What is an offset? With the announcement of the President’s tax proposal, many questions have arisen about whether the plan will be “offset”. In legislative budgeting an “offset” means that any spending is balanced out by cutting expenditures or raising revenues elsewhere. Those are called “pay-fors.” When it comes to taxation, eliminating a tax deduction or […]

Q & A: Why am I hearing about coal miner benefits?

Why am I hearing about coal miner benefits? There was a lot of talk during the 2015 end-of-year funding debate about coal miner health benefits. Congress extended the Miners Protection Act through April 28 — authorizing temporary health care and retirement benefits for miners with at least 20 years of experience (impacting approximately 20,000 retired coal miners). While Congress […]

Q & A: What is a resolution of inquiry?

  Great question! It’s not something you've heard a lot about before, but this procedural move is having its moment in the sun this year. A “resolution of inquiry” requires committee action within 14 legislative days (meaning the committee has to report on the resolution – either favorably, unfavorably or without recommendation). If the committee […]

Q&A: What is immunity?

If you're wondering something, you're probably not alone. Each day we answer questions about Congress, the legislative process, and government in general. Submit your question(s), and look out for the answers in future Q&A posts!   "I hear that General Mike Flynn has offered to testify if given immunity. What does that mean?" A grant of immunity […]

Q&A: What is a select committee?

If you're wondering something, you're probably not alone. Each day we answer questions about Congress, the legislative process, and government in general. Submit your question(s), and look out for the answers in future Q&A posts! What is a select committee? When you hear folks talking about Senate Intelligence today, they're really talking about the Senate Select Committee […]

Q&A: What is the Hastert Rule?

If you're wondering something, you're probably not alone. Each day we answer questions about Congress, the legislative process, and government in general. Submit your question(s), and look out for the answers in future Q&A posts! What is the Hastert Rule? The Hastert Rule isn't really a rule, well in terms of it being ironclad and codified in […]