David Hawkings' Whiteboard

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

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: What’s a Whip?

When getting legislation passed — from continuing resolutions on government spending to health care overhaul bills — congressional leaders keep track of who may vote each way by their helpful sidekicks known as the whips. Ever heard the phrase, “whipping votes?” Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings explains the official and de facto job of this indispensable role on Capitol Hill.

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: Trump’s Next Budget Battle Begins Soon

The whiteboard is back! Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings looks past the current battle to fund the government to sketch out President Donald Trump’s next budget task – funding the government for fiscal 2018. His ambitions are big, find out how likely they are to get accomplished.

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: Is August Recess Work or Play?
 

A few weeks into the longest August recess in over three decades, Roll Call Senior Congressional Editor David Hawkings breaks out the whiteboard to get to the bottom of an age-old mystery: how do lawmakers spend their summer vacations?