Former House Rules Committee staffer and Wilson Center expert Don Wolfensberger lays out a step-by-step plan to restore Congress’ “culture of lawmaking.” Committees—not party leaders—should control legislative work, he says, and campaign finance reforms are needed to shift attention from 24-7 fundraising.
June 4, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer
Rather than rush before the TV cameras with sensational testimony, the Senate Intelligence Committee is quietly conducting the most responsible of the inquiries into government detention and interrogation practices, writes Congress Project Director Don Wolfensberger in a Roll Call op-ed.
Congress has changed dramatically over the last half century, from a culture of legislating to a culture of campaigning, according to a new report prepared for the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Wilson Center by Donald Wolfensberger, who is a scholar at each organization. The report finds that this culture is not conducive to bipartisan compromise or serious problem solving and contains suggestions for changes the new Congress could implement to effect a returned focus to legislating.
September 25, 2006 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer
Ideological differences in Congress do not account for all of the hyperpartisanship. Sometimes parties draw the lines simply to advance their electoral interests.
Remarks of Don Wolfensberger before the Executive Council on Diplomacy Briefing of Foreign Diplomats on "The Washington Roadmap: How Congress Works." April 8, 2004