Is Unified Government the New Divided Government? The Prospects for Policy Change in a Polarized Congress

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By winning the two Georgia Senate runoff elections in January, Democrats have a unified Democratic government for the first time in ten years. But, their majority is slim, and bi-partisan support may be necessary to pass big-ticket policy proposals. Join Dr. Joshua M. Ryan as he discusses the impact of the filibuster on lawmaking and the hurdles that the Senate must overcome.

Dr. Josh M. Ryan

By winning the two Georgia Senate runoff elections in January, Democrats have a unified Democratic government for the first time in ten years. But, their majority is slim, and bi-partisan support may be necessary to pass big-ticket policy proposals. In particular, the Senate filibuster rule requiring 60 votes to advance a bill creates a significant hurdle to lawmaking. This webinar examines the prospect for policy change given this institutional environment, with a focus on how the filibuster affects legislating and other processes. Join Dr. Joshua M. Ryan as he discusses the impact of the filibuster on lawmaking and the hurdles the Senate must overcome.