JAMES WALLNER, Senior Fellow, R Street Institute, Former Vice President for Research, The Heritage Foundation, Former Executive Director, Senate Steering Committee, Lecturer, Clemson University, @jiwallner James Wallner talks about the overall structure of the Senate, its check and balances and how the late Nevada Senator Harry Reid broke it Wallner talks about Left's attempts to rewrite the rules in Congress and their dangerous implications STEPHEN BRYEN, President of SDB Partners, Senior Fellow, Center for Security Policy and Defense Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council, @stevebryen Dr. Stephen Bryen talks about the prospects of war between China and Taiwan in the new year Bryen makes the case for the U.S. ramping up military and diplomatic relations with Japan in a bid to safeguard Taiwan Bryen: “I think the U.S. approach has always been that if there's a problem in the area, we would take care of it ourselves, without anybody else” COL. (RET.) JOHN MILLS, Former Director, Cybersecurity Policy, Strategy, and International Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense Col. John Mills talks about success examples of how U.S. officials have blocked Chinese actors from stealing confidential information Col. Mills talks about how Black Rock, Inc. CEO Larry Fink is putting profit above the national security interests of the United States
Democrats in Congress are looking to pass their Build Back Better bill but first they must get the Senate Parliamentarian to sign off on their plans. James Wallner from the R Street Institute breaks down the role of the Parliamentarian and why she's the key to this bill passing. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
COP26 was a disappointment for activists, who were hoping for a global deal to fight climate change. But Josiah Neeley with the R Street Institute argues that grand international schemes aren't needed. He joins Inside Sources guest host Ethan Millard to talk about how consumers are making greener choices on their own and reducing emissions faster. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The topic of this episode is, "What is the role of the Senate's majority leader?" My guest is https://www.rstreet.org/team/james-wallner/ (Dr. James Wallner). He is a senior fellow at the R Street Institute and a lecturer at Clemson University. He is the author of three books on the Senate, including one titled https://www.amazon.com/Parliamentary-War-Partisan-Procedural-Legislative/dp/0472130544 (On Parliamentary War: Partisan Conflict and Procedural Change in the U.S. Senate) (2017). James has worked in the Senate, and also is a cohost of the https://www.politicsinquestion.com/ (Politics in Question podcast). Kevin Kosar: Welcome to Understanding Congress, a podcast about the first branch of government. Congress is a notoriously complex institution, and few Americans think well of it, but Congress is essential to our republic. It's a place where our pluralistic society is supposed to work out its differences and come to agreement about what our laws should be. And that is why we are here: to discuss our national legislature and to think about ways to upgrade it so it can better serve our nation. I'm your host, Kevin Kosar, and I'm a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC. It is to James Wallner that we turn to learn about the role of the majority leader. James, welcome to the program. James Wallner: Thanks for having me. Kevin Kosar: First question. Chuck Schumer is the current majority leader in the Senate. How did he get that job? What's the process? Did all the senators get together and vote for him or some other candidate? James Wallner: Well, that's how it works in the House, where you nominate candidates to be the speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi is our current speaker. Democrats and Republicans on the floor of the House all cast a vote for the speaker, and the nominee with the most votes becomes the speaker. And so the majority party, in effect, selects the speaker. In the Senate, it's a similar process, but slightly different, because they're not electing a speaker, they're not electing a presiding officer. The majority leader, Chuck Schumer, is merely the floor leader of the party with the most votes — so in this case, the Democrats. And it's 50–50 right now, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans. The vice president is a Democrat, so assuming that the vice president would cast her vote with the Democrats on a tie vote — under the Constitution, she gets to do that — that means that Chuck Schumer has more votes behind him than the leader of the Republican Party, Mitch McConnell, has behind him. So he is the majority leader, McConnell is the minority leader. The way they're chosen is simply by their party colleagues in secret ballot, in a meeting that usually happens right after the election, typically in December following an election before the new Congress meets. Kevin Kosar: You underlined a point there about the difference between leadership in the House and leadership in the Senate. It sounds, at least ostensibly, that a speaker may make a claim to be the head of the whole of the House, whereas in the Senate, it sounds like the majority leader is just the partisan leader. James Wallner: Absolutely. Look, party leaders in the Senate have institutional tasks, too. They help to schedule legislation. They do a bunch of different things that institutional leaders in the House, like the speaker, also do. And the speaker is also a partisan leader, in the fact that she is selected by her majority party caucus and really works to advance the agenda of the majority party. So they go hand in hand. But there is no Senate leader. I'm reminding myself of Woodrow Wilson, where he says, "There's no leader in the Senate," and that's something that's really frustrating him. And this is what makes the Senate great. Because there's no one that presides over the Senate, who wields lots of power, whom all senators vote for, the institution has a very...
So many are so invested in "Team Blue" or "Team Red" that political discourse is becoming really bad, whether it's in Washington, D.C. or around the family dinner table. Steven Greenhut from the R Street Institute talks with Boyd about where we're going awry, what we can be doing better, and the benefits of principles and curiosity. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How do you balance civil liberties with government action during an emergency? Shoshana Weissmann from the R Street Institute joins Boyd to discuss her new paper outlining how what questions we should be asking when crisis situations pop up, as well as the role state legislatures can play so "emergencies" don't go on indefinitely. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Join us for a conversation with author Chris Arnade about his adventures across the fruited plain seeking dignity in "Back Row America." Co-hosted by Josiah Neeley of R Street Institute and Doug McCullough.
It's 16 days until the latest end of the world: December 3rd is Congress' deadline to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government. But the R Street Institute's Jonathan Bydlak joined Boyd to argue that these constant crises obscure tough, needed conversations on spending. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The infrastructure bill aims to give broadband to rural America. While conservatives don't like the idea of government getting into the internet business, Jeffrey Westling has a new piece at the R Street Institute about why there is a role for the feds to play...as long as you also get rid of useless regulations, too. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How much of the infrastructure bill pays for actual infrastructure like roads and bridges? Are there things in the bill even Republicans can support? And what could lawmakers have done better? Jonathan Bydlak from The R Street Institute chats with Boyd about the good, the bad, and the parts that could be improved. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ross Douthat, NYT columnist and author of "The Deep Places A Memoir of Illness and Discovery," "The Decadent Society" and more, joins us to talk about his journey dealing with chronic illness. Cohosted by Josiah Neeley of R Street Institute and Doug McCullough. "The Deep Places" can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Places-Memoir-Illness-Discovery/dp/0593237366
Rod Arquette Show Daily Rundown – Monday, November 8, 20214:20 pm: John Daniel Davidson, Senior Correspondent for The Federalist joins Rod for a conversation about his recent piece on why the left won't defend critical race theory and instead denies its existence4:38 pm: Jason Hayes, Director of Environmental Policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy joins Rod to discuss the Biden administration's plans to shut down yet another oil pipeline5:05 pm: Political Strategist Matt Mackowiak joins Rod for a conversation about recent comments by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that the 2020 election is over regardless of how people about it6:05 pm: Steven Greenhut, Western Region Director for the R Street Institute, joins the program to discuss his piece for Reason.com on how America must revert to its original principles in order to be saved6:20 pm: Scott Whitlock, Associate Editor of Newsbusters.org, joins the program to discuss how Democrats are claiming they have no support from the media following losses during last week's election6:35 pm: Former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman joins the show to discuss his new book “The Centrist Solution: How We Made Government Work and Can Make It Work Again”
On this edition of The Other Side of Midnight: Martin Fone, the author of ‘More Curious Questions: A Smorgasbord of Facts and Trivia Kindle‘, joins Frank Morano to explore the questions that don't usually get asked. Then Steven Greenhut, western region director for the R Street Institute and former California columnist for the Union-Tribune tells Frank why politics is rotting brains and making everyone mad. Plus the Frank honors the best from the week's news in Commendations!
In the past, the idea of loosening the licensing requirements for doctors and lawyers has been met with a hugely negative response. But the R Street Institute's Shoshana Weissmann says the pandemic has changed that. She joins Boyd to talk about how these reforms would improve improve our health care and justice systems. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lots of Democrats, including President Biden, want to go big on climate change proposals. But Phil Rossetti from The R Street Institute argues that going smaller might actually yield better results and make it easier get climate policy changes to the president's desk. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sometimes those with a criminal history are unfairly discriminated against as they try to get housing, a job, and back into civil society. The R Street Institute's Jillian Snider talks with Boyd about the Clean Slate Initiative, which could help those with criminal records get a hand up. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The dems are scrambling to address immigration in the framework to expand the nation's safety net.. We have heard little about this strategy.. But a lot about spending. James Wallner is a senior fellow at the R Street Institute. His research focuses on the separation of powers, Congress, political parties, and the federal policy process. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
There's a lot of arguing over the debt ceiling every few months. But Jonathan Bydlak from The R Street Institute believes that this is not the real problem. The USA has a big issue with spending. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
There is a new bill in Washington, D.C. aiming to increase competition in the tech industry. But the R Street Institute's Jeff Westling says it could have the unintended consequence of hurting consumers shopping for cheaper products and services. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode of Building Local Power, ILSR Co-Director John Farrell is joined by Chris Villarreal, President of Plugged In Strategies and an Associate Fellow with the R Street Institute. Their discussion focuses on monopoly power in the energy sector, and how lack of competition impacts consumers and stands in the way of progress. … Read More
President Biden's $3.5 Trillion spending package looks like it will get trimmed down. But could all of the haggling in Washington turn out to be a victory for progressives? The R Street Institute's James Wallner joins Boyd to break down the politics of it all. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Alex Bozmoski & Nate Hochman, authors of the recent "The Future of Conservative Climate Leadership" join us to talk about the EcoRight. Cohosted by Josiah Neeley of R Street Institute and Doug McCullough of the Lone Star Policy Institute. ALEX BOZMOSKI is the vice president for programs at DEPLOY/US. NATE HOCHMAN is an Intercollegiate Studies Institute fellow at National Review and a recent graduate of Colorado College.
What does a program started by Congress actually cost? The R Street Institute's Phil Rossetti talks with Boyd about how a little-known budgetary score can conceal bad policies we can't pay for. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen made some serious accusations against her former employer during a Congressional hearing today. The R Street Institute's Shoshana Weismann called in to talk about what this might mean for the future of internet regulations and why more rules might be bad for Big Tech's smaller competitors. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Robert Lawson, director of the Bridwell Institute for Economic Freedom at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business, and author of "Socialism Sucks - Two Economists Drink their Way Through the Unfree World" joins us to talk about socialism, beer, and what's so great about economic freedom. Co-hosted by Josiah Neeley of R Street Institute and Doug McCullough of Lone Star Policy Institute.
With the Facebook whistleblower getting a lot of attention, the R Street Institute's Chris Riley called in to talk about the regulations tech companies may be facing. What do we need to be talking about when we discuss the myriad of issues surrounding Big Tech? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Infrastructure. A $3.5 Trillion spending package. Raising the debt ceiling. These are just some of the pieces of legislation Democratic leaders want to pass this week. But can they? The R Street Institutes James Wallner looks at the hurdles they face and how can they get around them. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Adam Millsap, Senior Fellow of Stand Together and Charles Koch Institute, and Forbes magazine contributor to talk all things economic freedom, the decline and renewal of the Midwest, and economic recovery from the COVID19 pandemic. Cohosted by Josiah Neeley of R Street Institute and Doug McCullough of Lone Star Policy Institute.
It's been 20 years since the Authorization of Use of Military Force in Afghanistan. Anthony Marcum from the R Street Institute called in to talk about what we've learned from it and how it applies to our national security challenges today. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Congress is gearing up for a fight over the debt ceiling. But what will actually happen between now and October? James Wallner from the R Street Institute gives his thoughts. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Jonathan Bydlak, Director of the Governance Program at the R Street Institute, On to discuss Secretary Blinken's testimony before Congress. Colby Bermel, Reporter for Politico California, On to discuss the CA recall election. Ben Christopher, California Politics reporter for CALmatters, On to discuss the recall election. And ... your thoughts on the latest in the news See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
September 8, 2021 ~ Full Show. Josiah Neely, Resident Senior Fellow on Energy at the R Street Institute discusses President Biden's climate change narrative. Katie Deck, Organizer of the Mask Up Livingston County Schools Facebook Page makes the case for a mask mandate in the school district. Senior News Analyst Marie Osborne reports on new COVID guidances for students. Senior News Analyst Chris Renwick has poll results saying 80% of parents are satisfied with their child's education. Mike Wilkinson with Bridge Magazine talks about data saying that COVID 19 cases have largely plateaued for the time being in Michigan an Former MSU basketball player to pay all football and men's basketball players $500 a month.
Could climate change raise your insurance rates? The R Street Institute's Jerry Theodorou thinks so. He talks with guest host Ethan Millard about what you can expect down the road. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Cybersecurity and data management are closely linked. That's why many agencies are refining their strategies for gathering and managing large stores or lakes of network and other data in service of better cybersecurity. For ways to approach the cyber data problem, the Federal Drive spoke with the senior fellow for cybersecurity and emerging threats at the R Street Institute, Bryson Bort.
Philippe Lemoine joins the show for a long form conversation about the Covid pandemic and why he believes Covid will soon be endemic. Cohosted by Josiah Neeley of R Street Institute and Doug McCullough of Lone Star Policy Institute.
The U.S. House of Representatives is back in session, and Nancy Pelosi has a plan to pass both infrastructure bill simultaneously by October 1st. But nine democrats are saying not so fast, the bi-partisan infrastructure bill must pass first. So, will Speaker Pelosi be able to force a vote on the two bills? James Waller, Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute, joined us to discuss the politics at play. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Richard Hanania, fellow of Defense Priorities, joins us to discuss the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Co-hosted by Josiah Neeley of R Street Institute and Doug McCullough of Lone Star Policy Institute.
Join us for a feel good conversation about Covid, Cuomo, Kabul, rising crime, and solutions with Michael Hendrix of Manhattan Institute. Cohosted by Josiah Neeley of R Street Institute and Doug McCullough of Lone Star Policy Institute.
The R Street Institute's James Wallner takes us behind the scenes in Washington, D.C. and explains how the infrastructure bill might actually get passed. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guests: Jonathan Bydlak, Director of the Governance Program at the R Street Institute, On to discuss the first day of the January 6th Commission. Peter Samuelson, Co-Founder and President of First Star, On to discuss his plan to fix foster care. And ... Your thoughts on the January 6th Commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Author Mathew Mehan Director of Academic Programs for Hillsdale in Washington DC joins us to talk about early education and his new book "The Handsome Little Cygnet" Cohosted by Josiah Neeley of R Street Institute and Doug McCullough of Lone Star Policy Institute. The Handsome Little Cygnet available here: https://www.amazon.com/Handsome-Little-Cygnet-Matthew-Mehan/dp/1505120608
Guests: Dr. Frank Sorrentino, author, and expert in the fields of political science, constitutional law, and history. On to discuss the latest political headlines. Kathryn Waldron, national security & cybersecurity fellow at the R Street Institute. On to discuss billionaires in space. Carrie Filipetti, executive director of the Vandenberg Coalition, former deputy assistant secretary for Cuba and Venezuela in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and former deputy special representative for Venezuela at the U.S. Department of State. On to discuss the unrest in Cuba and the U.S. response. And your calls on Afghanistan... See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.