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Split Senate Delegations’ Varying Levels of Agreement

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Alaska Senator Mark Begich, a Democrat, is in a tough race for reelection this year, and advertising how well he works with popular fellow Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican. There are 17 states with split Senate delegations — represented by one Republican and one Democrat or Democrat-aligned Independent. We looked at all Senate floor … read more...


Obama Judges Advance Ahead of Pace

Judicial Confirmations as of May 9 (2009-2014)

In the wake of Senate rules changes that lowers the cloture threshold to a simple majority, the pace of judicial confirmations this year is substantially ahead of that of prior years. The above graph looks at the number of confirmations through today’s date for each year of the Obama presidency. read more...


The Editors
May 9, 2014
11:24am
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Congressional Affairs

Legal Affairs

Seeking Cloture

Cloture votes on executive and judicial nominees

The Senate has increasingly been forced to file for cloture in order to get to the final up-or-down confirmation vote on nominations. read more...


Demographic Divide in the House

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Districts won by Republicans in the 2012 elections differ from their Democratic counterparts across a wide range of demographic measures. read more...


The Editors
October 2, 2013
2:30pm
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Congressional Affairs

Politics & Elections

In Congress, the Rich Get Richer

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A surprisingly strong year in the financial markets made the richest members of Congress even wealthier in 2012, according to financial disclosures filed over the summer. It took a minimum net worth of $6.67 million to crack Roll Call’s annual 50 Richest List, compared to $6.14 million in 2011. read more...


The Editors
September 17, 2013
12:57pm
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Congressional Affairs

Immigration Battle to “Win the Recess”

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While Democrats greatly outnumber Republicans in the districts with the most Hispanic residents, a handful of Republicans in the border states and southern Florida have substantial Hispanic constituencies and could be important in any agreement on immigration. read more...


The Editors
August 6, 2013
11:27am
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Congressional Affairs

Immigration

Breaking Down the Senate Gun Vote

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The Senate voted last week on a series of nine amendments to gun legislation, rejecting all but two and leaving the underlying legislation (S. 649) with no clear path forward. read more...


The Editors
April 23, 2013
2:27pm
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Congressional Affairs

Domestic Policy

Vote Studies: Member Voting Patterns

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The graphs above plot each member of the House and Senate according to two variables: party unity (how often a member voted with his or her own party) and presidential support (how often a member voted in support of the president’s position). Members who participated in less than a quarter of roll call votes in a given year are not included in that year’s distribution. read more...


The Editors
February 28, 2013
11:02am
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Congressional Affairs

Roll Call Fabulous 50

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Roll Call’s Fabulous 50 showcases Capitol Hill’s leading staffers – the people behind the scenes who wield the power and drive their party’s message.

Roll Call’s House and Senate reporters and editors determine the list based on their institutional knowledge of what positions hold the most power, as well as shoe-leather reporting on which individuals, regardless of position, wield the most influence.

Click here for the full interactive experience. read more...


The Editors
February 11, 2013
3:30pm
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Congressional Affairs

Second Terms Tend to Be More Difficult

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The president’s current favorable public approval ratings match the highs he enjoyed during his first year in office, but he need only look at recent history to grasp the challenges ahead. Since CQ Roll Call began tracking presidential success in 1953, every two-term president has seen his success on floor votes decline in the second term. read more...


The Editors
February 8, 2013
4:05pm
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Congressional Affairs

Politics & Elections

2012 Congressional Vote Studies

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CQ Roll Call (previously Congressional Quarterly) has analyzed the voting behavior of members of Congress since 1945. The three principal vote studies currently produced — presidential support, party unity and voting participation — have been conducted in a consistent manner since 1953. The graphics above show the historical trends for each of these studies, including the most recent data from 2012. read more...


The Editors
January 30, 2013
2:40pm
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Congressional Affairs

Meet the 113th Congress

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When the 113th Congress convenes in January, the House Republican majority will decline from 240 to 233, while the Democratic minority will bring its ranks up to an even 200. The Senate Democratic caucus, which includes two independents, will expand its majority to 55. read more...


The Editors
December 20, 2012
1:01pm
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Congressional Affairs

Politics & Elections

Seeking Common Ground on Cuts

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This list was constructed based on interviews with lawmakers and aides involved in budget negotiations. The existence of these proposals suggests that the two parties made huge progress on at least the spending side of talks and that any new deficit reduction talks can begin with much of the preliminary work already done. read more...


The Editors
July 9, 2012
11:40am
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Budget

Congressional Affairs