David Hawkings' Whiteboard

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: How Two Bills Become One Law
 

Decoding Reconciliation: Why the Senate Only Needs 50 Votes on Tax Bill
 

Who’s Getting to Write the Tax Bill
Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings

How do the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committee members get their assignments?  Political bomb-throwers rarely get the call. Facing a tough campaign is a plus. So are party loyalty and K Street support. Senior editor David Hawkings explains.

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: What’s the 25th Amendment?
 

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: What’s a Filibuster?
 

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: What Is the Debt Ceiling?
 

Congress has a number of pending deadlines when it returns to D.C. after Labor Day, and committing to paying the government’s bills is one of them. Senior editor David Hawkings lays out what it means to raise the debt limit, and how it's separate from the debate over funding the government.

David Hawkings' Whiteboard: What Would Impeachment Look Like?
 

David Hawkings' Whiteboard: How Congress' Schedule Works
 

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: How Appropriations Is Supposed to Work