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Balanced Budget Proposal Tilts on Procedure

Part of the debt limit deal last August was a provision mandating that both Houses vote on an amendment to the Constitution to require a balanced budget each year. When the House Judiciary Committee reported a version that required a two-thirds vote to raise taxes, House Republicans reversed the committee in favor a simple majority vote to attract Democrats. In this article from Roll Call's Procedural Politics column, Don Wolfensberger comments that while the procedural acrobatics to make this change were complicated, they still left the amendment short of the two-thirds vote needed for constitutional amendments.

Incivility Is Symptom of Larger Problem on Capitol Hill

October 1, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

In Blaming Republicans, Authors Miss the Point

Two prominent political scientists claim Republicans are principally to blame for Washington’s dysfunction because they are more extreme and less inclined to compromise. In this article, Don Wolfensberger notes Congress has been just as dysfunctional under Democratic majorities and the fault lies in the increasing polarization between the parties and the imperatives of “the permanent campaign” to hold on to power by shaping legislation for political purposes rather than finding common ground in the national interest.

Congress Should Police Itself on Ethics Violations

January 16, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

Financial Crisis Will Limit Options of New President and Congress

Both presidential candidates as well as Congress have begun preparing for the transition to a new administration. But the current market meltdown will shuffle their plans, said panelists at a Congress Project roundtable.

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