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The Vacancies Act

Christopher Murray Ben Grove February 6, 2018
U.S. Capitol

The Vacancies Act allows government employees who were not appointed to a federal position requiring the advice and consent of the Senate to perform the functions of that office on a temporary - or "acting" - basis. READ MORE

Blue Slip (Senate)

Ben Grove Christopher Murray December 20, 2017
U.S. Capital building at dusk

In the first part of our series on Blue Slips, we're discussing Senate slips - an informal courtesy by which senators signal approval for home state judicial nominees prior to consideration by the Judiciary Committee. READ MORE

Advice and Consent

Ben Grove Christopher Murray February 8, 2017

In this Wonkology, we discuss Article II of the Constitution, which requires the President to seek the "advice and consent" of the Senate for nominees to the Executive and Judicial Branches. READ MORE