Just a quick administrative note: I'll be stepping away from the blog for the next several months. For the remainder of this academic year I am working in Congress as an APSA Congressional Fellow. I have a responsibility to fully dedicate my time, focus, and loyalty to my office assignment. While this blog is dedicated to institutional questions (i.e. academic) about Congress, it is imperative that my role as a staff member is not compromised by my academic interests. I plan on actively rejoining the blog when the fellowship concludes. With that said, Happy Holidays, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Presidents' Day, spring solstice, Memorial Day, and Independence Day!