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A Brief History of Congressional Reform Efforts

Congress has undergone many changes since World War II, most of which have had to do with adapting to the complexities of modern society and the commensurate growth in the Executive Branch bureaucracy and powers of the presidency. The first major post War reform efforts begun in 1945 and 1965 were premised on the belief that any institutional changes should be bicameral and bipartisan. Consequently, joint committees of equal party and chamber representation were formed to conduct a comprehensive study of the organization and operations of Congress with a view to strengthening it...

Take a Peek Into the Sausage Factory's Pork Division

April 17, 2006 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

Congress, Intelligence, and Secrecy During War

In this Congress Project seminar the chairman and ranking Democrat of the House Intelligence Committee examined the role of Congress in overseeing and reorganizing U.S. intelligence agencies and operations as part of our larger war against terrorism at home and abroad.

There's a Better Way to Handle the Torture Controversy

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.

Is the Senate Germane? Majority Leader Reid's Lament

August 13, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

Appropriations Process Wilts in the Sunshine

While the House and Senate appropriations committees were off to a good start this spring in reporting most of their 12 money bills, the process slowed down considerably this summer with a raft of floor amendments. This portends a repeat of last year with no bills enacted by the start of the fiscal year and an omnibus bill wrapping things up well past the deadline, writes Don Wolfensberger in his Procedural Politics column.

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