February 12, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer
Senate filibusters have long been a target of congressional reformers, though as much as the Senate might tweak the rules, they are unlikely to give up this valuable right of the minority to talk. And sometimes talking does build support for an issue.
The constitutional role of the House of Representatives to police its Members for misconduct has been been non-functional for most of the last two years due to partisan in-fighting. Putting the system back on track for the good of the House and nation will require a commitment by leaders of both parties. Exactly what procedural changes are necessary may still be a matter of contention.
June 5, 2006 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer
Prepared for delivery at the Dirksen Congressional Center Workshop: Congress in the Classroom, Peoria, Illinois, July 31, 2007