Efforts in Congress to tie the defunding of the president''s Affordable Care Act to funding the government and raising the debt ceiling have tied things in so many knots that only public opinion and national leadership can cut through.
It took nearly a year to resolve differences in creating a Department of Homeland Security --the biggest executive reorganizion in a half-century. This Congress Project seminar explored the interplay of politics and processes to address this new challenge as well as the outlook for the future.
Congress Project Director Don Wolfensberger parses the arbitrary 100-day deadline for Congress's budget resolution and documents the last-minute negotiations that followed it there.
The House of Representatives is considering a spurt of budget process reform bills this month. While it has been pegged by House Republican leaders to the Democratic Senate’s failure to produce a budget resolution over the last three years, it is also a useful exercise in better educating Members on the process—even if the pieces don’t all fit together at this point.