Sarah A. Binder

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Sarah Binder is an expert on Congress and legislative politics. Her work includes studies of the politics of the Senate filibuster, the causes and consequences of legislative gridlock, and the politics and practice of advice and consent for selecting federal judges. Her current project focuses on Congress’s response to financial crisis, including a study of Congress’s relationship with the Federal Reserve. | View Full Bio

  • In the News

    When Janet Yellen talks about transparency, she’s talking about the Fed being much more clear about how it will act in the future...When members of Congress talk about transparency and the Fed, they mean something completely different.

    November 14, 2013, Sarah A. Binder, Marketplace
  • In the News

    Today, committees have lost much of their autonomy to party leaders. As a result, investigations are often used in periods of divided government as a partisan tool to club the administration and its supporters. More often than not, committee investigations become arenas for majority party “message politics” — contests designed to score political points rather than to identify problems or to generate solutions that can garner bipartisan support. The higher the partisanship in Congress, the lower its committees seem to fall.

    May 9, 2013, Sarah A. Binder, New York Times
  • In the News

    There's a defense wing of defense hawks, and they've been pretty vocal about the impact on the Defense Department and national security, generally. And we know there's a hard-core group as well that's opposed to any and all revenue increases. And between the two of those, there's no agreed-upon path of what to do, and so it looks like they may prefer the sequester to any alternative — certainly the alternatives the Democrats are offering up.

    February 21, 2013, Sarah A. Binder, National Public Radio
  • In the News

    [Filibustering of a presidential nominee is] just sort of emblematic of senators pushing their powers here into an area where we traditionally said that senators are willing to defer to the president.

    January 11, 2013, Sarah A. Binder, National Public Radio
  • In the News

    I suspect that in a war of wills between the parties [in Congress], an intense minority might prevail. After all, the majority typically has a full agenda on its plate and is just as likely to want to move on to other issues [giving in to the filibuster] as it is to battle it out with the minority.

    November 17, 2012, Sarah A. Binder, Washington Post
  • In the News

    The picture in the House [of Representatives] is more of the same, which is Republicans pushing things to the right and Democrats to the left. Most of the damage has already been done to the center.

    November 7, 2012, Sarah A. Binder, Washington Times
  • In the News

    Boehner and [House Majority Whip Kevin] McCarthy had to work really hard to convince some of the freshmen that shutting down the government was not a strategy they should take seriously...And during the debt-ceiling crisis in the summer of 2011, they had to bring in outside experts to convince them that default was not an option.

    October 12, 2012, Sarah A. Binder, McClatchy
  • In the News

    I am hard pressed to find another Congress in recent memory that has really stumbled along the way this Congress has...This close to the election no one wants to be taking tough votes. They will take some votes that bolster the party's reputation with their constituencies.

    September 10, 2012, Sarah A. Binder, U.S. News & World Report
  • In the News

    We rarely see protests [within the Democratic Party]. They have much more serious and pragmatic delegates who are in the game for winning, not for ideologically purity...I don’t know if we’d say the same thing about the Republican Party today, given that it does have a strong libertarian wing to it.

    September 4, 2012, Sarah A. Binder, Washington Times

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