Program

Events

Congress and the Politics of Energy Policy

The 109th Congress is once again attempting to forge a national energy policy after failing to do so in the last several Congresses. At this Congress Project seminar, a panel of Capitol Hill policymakers and observers discussed the prospects for enacting an energy bill in this Congress.

Omnibus Spending Bills Portend Ominous Consequences

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

Senate Leader Reid’s Rule Recalls House Czar Speaker Reed

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s unilateral procedural maneuver to effectively change Senate filibuster rules on presidential nominations, resembled the actions of Republican House Speaker Thomas Reed in 1890 to eliminated minority party obstruction. Both moves met with heavy resistance from the minority party.

Debt Deal Shows How Process Becomes Policy

If you got the impression during the debt limit imbroglio that our leaders were creatively trying to extricate themselves from a box of their own making, you’ve been cribbing from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s manual: Crises (fabricated or not) can advance worthy goals—even restoring fiscal sanity. It’s getting there that sometimes seems insane.

Ditched Minibus Money Bill Paves Way for Massive Omnibus

December 10, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

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