Rachel Bovard

About Rachel Bovard

Rachel Bovard is senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute. Beginning in 2006, she served in both the House and Senate in various roles including as legislative director for Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and policy director for the Senate Steering Committee under the successive chairmanships of Senator Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), where she advised Committee members on strategy related to floor procedure and policy matters. In the House, she worked as senior legislative assistant to Congressman Donald Manzullo (R-Il.), and Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas). She is the former director of policy services for the Heritage Foundation. Follow her on Twitter at @RachelBovard.

Our Lazy Republican Senate Needs to Start Confirming

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last week took the extraordinary step—in response to Democrats’ obstruction of President Trump’s nominees—of using the “nuclear option” to shorten debate time for judicial and executive nominees. I’ve written at length about why this is a bad idea, most recently here and here. Prior to this action,

By | 2019-04-06T14:19:23-07:00 April 6th, 2019|

Senate Shouldn’t Nuke Minority Voices: A Reply to Ed Whelan

Ed Whelan of National Review on Monday published a two-part rebuttal to my argument against the Senate’s effort to nuke their post-cloture 30-hour rule. The Senate is scheduled to start that very process Tuesday afternoon. Part one of Whelan’s argument focuses exclusively on whether or not the Senate has the right to change

By | 2019-04-02T10:21:24-07:00 April 2nd, 2019|

The Constitution Isn’t In Crisis—But the Border Still Is

The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday followed the lead of the Democratic House and voted to disapprove President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. The success of the disapproval vote was expected in the House, where Democrats keep waving their arms and saying “It’s fine!” while women and children are

By | 2019-03-16T12:55:38-07:00 March 16th, 2019|

Congress Shirks its Powers and Then Cries ‘Thief!’

A bipartisan howling is coming from Congress about President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build the border wall. And while hypocrisy in Washington is always in the water, on the question of immigration, there is enough of it to make your hair curl. Both Republicans and Democrats alike have rushed to

By | 2019-02-23T20:51:42-07:00 February 23rd, 2019|

Congress Sells Out Again

After spending the last 10 years debating border security—the last two of which were under unified GOP control—and then engaging in a 35-day shutdown the best Congress could muster this week was a 1,169 page bill that does nothing more than sustain the problem. The fix was in from the start. Democrats entered

By | 2019-02-16T20:33:26-07:00 February 16th, 2019|

Green New Deal Is No Deal

After months of talk, we finally saw the outlines of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” this week. Hoo boy, is it a doozy. The New York Democrat’s 14-page resolution aspires to achieve “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” in just 10 years. It leaves no part of the economy untouched in pursuit of this

By | 2019-02-10T08:01:52-07:00 February 9th, 2019|