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Libya Motivates Members to Rally Together

When Hillary Clinton was told June 22 that House Republicans were scheduling two votes on Libya later that week, she reportedly asked, “Whose side are they on?” If that sounds reminiscent of a president telling other nations, “You’re either with us or against us,” welcome to the world of war rhetoric.

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.

With Congress at Low Point, Time for Reform Is Now

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.

‘Vote Pummeling' Can Soften Majority's Hard Line in House

June 4, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

Getting Back to Legislating: Reflections of a Congressional Working Group

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.

Omnibus Spending Bills Portend Ominous Consequences

September 25, 2006 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

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