Jun 4, 2018

Does Congress Deserve a Break?

*UPDATED 6/11: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on June 6, 2018 that he has canceled much of the Senate’s August recess. The Senate will now break for only the first week of August. With the decision made to cancel a Read More

May 29, 2018

A Model for Congress: The Water Resources Development Act

“Bill Dies in Committee” “Partisanship Derails Reform Bill” “Congress Passes Bill Authored Behind Closed Doors”   Are you tired of reading headlines like these? Thanks to the House of Representatives’ Committee on Read More

May 14, 2018

Promise for Reform: Budget Reform Committee Holds Second Hearing

The Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform met for its second public hearing last week. The hearing, entitled Bipartisanship in Budgeting, set out to examine the ways Congress’ hyper-partisan environment Read More

May 1, 2018

Abandon Ship: Members Fleeing a Sinking Congress

With more than 60 members heading home, something must be broken.   It seems that each time you tune into the news, you are met by an anchor reporting on the latest member of Congress choosing to retire. So far this Congress Read More

Apr 24, 2018

Congress Gets a Physical: How Healthy is it?

We all understand intuitively that Congress isn’t functional.  But it isn’t just our imagination. The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) created the Healthy Congress Index (HCI), a quarterly measurement to provide Americans with the Read More

Apr 20, 2018

Harvard Survey Reveals Young Americans’ Lack of Confidence in Congress

A new poll, conducted by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, has put into writing what many Americans have felt for a long time: young Americans don’t trust Congress to get the job done. The poll, which surveyed 18-29 year olds Read More

Apr 2, 2018

‘It sucks’: Senators fume over McConnell’s tight grip

The GOP leader promised a free-wheeling Senate. The numbers show it’s been anything but that lately. By Burgess Everett Politico Republican John Kennedy has served in the Senate a full 15 months — and not once received a roll call Read More

Mar 12, 2018

Congress Opens Door to Change With New Budget Reform Committee

When the governing process fails to function properly, reform becomes imperative. Congress acknowledged its broken approach to passing budgets and spending bills when it recently created a joint House-Senate committee in the Bipartisan Read More

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