Michele Swers

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    Partisan politics over the government debt ceiling has put the US on the verge of economic disaster.

Partisan politics over the government debt ceiling has put the US on the verge of economic disaster.

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With no agreement yet reached by Congress over raising the US government’s borrowing limit, the country will effectively run out of money to pay its debts on October 18th. Michele Swers gives an overview of the lead-up in Congress to the current impasse over the debt ceiling, and how partisans are grasping at procedural tools such as reconciliation, invoking […]

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    With Trump dug in, a change of heart from Republican members of Congress may be the key to ending the shutdown.

With Trump dug in, a change of heart from Republican members of Congress may be the key to ending the shutdown.

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Now nearly three weeks old, and with all sides refusing to move from their positions, the US government shutdown shows little sign of coming to an end. Michele Swers writes that while in previous shutdowns both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have made concessions when public opinion has turned against them, President Trump’s refusal to back down on the […]

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    Paul Ryan’s retirement means the season for legislating is now officially over

Paul Ryan’s retirement means the season for legislating is now officially over

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This week, the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI), announced that he would be handing in his gavel at year’s end and would not run for reelection. Michele L. Swers writes that before becoming Speaker, Ryan was a well-respected conservative in pursuit of budgetary reform. In a job that he only took reluctantly, his ability to legislate effectively […]

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    Cracks in Republican unity between Trump and Congress are already beginning to show

Cracks in Republican unity between Trump and Congress are already beginning to show

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Donald Trump will enter the White House this Friday facing a Republican-controlled House and Senate. Michele L. Swers looks ahead to what we might expect from President Trump and the 115th Congress, writing that while they may initially seek areas of common ground, clashes on issues like the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, foreign policy, and infrastructure spending may […]

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    As Republicans take over the Senate, they have lost some of their most willing allies on the Democratic side.

As Republicans take over the Senate, they have lost some of their most willing allies on the Democratic side.

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Last night saw the Republican Party retake the Senate, and win their largest majority in the House for more than 60 years. Michele Swers reflects on the results, writing that despite concentrating on state-level issues, many Democrats were dragged down by President Obama’s unpopularity and the national climate. She writes that while the Republican Party may be celebrating their […]

The nuclear option will increase polarization in the Senate and shift power to the executive branch

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The so-called “nuclear option” to limit the filibuster was talked about for years before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid finally moved forward with it last week. Michele Swers describes this move as the culmination of years of increasing polarization in the Senate. She goes on to argue that the elimination of the filibuster will only make bipartisan deals more difficult […]

U.S. government shutdown ends – reaction from USApp experts, updated

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On Wednesday night Congress came to an agreement to end the US-government’s 16 day shutdown, and to raise the debt ceiling until at least early February. We asked our expert contributors for their immediate reactions to the agreement.  _ The political realities that brought about the government shutdown and the debt crisis have not changed – Joshua Huder – Georgetown University The […]

The increasing ideological polarization of the Republican and Democratic parties has led to the U.S. government’s shutdown.

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After lengthy battles over a Continuing Resolution to fund the U.S. government, Congress has failed to reach an agreement, and the government is now in the process of shutting down. Michele Swers looks at how and why these budget fights have become a familiar part of Congressional politics in America. She argues that the increasing ideological polarization of the Republican […]

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