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Role of Minority Party: Remain Positive, Relevant and Engaged

February 12, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

Filibusters Sometimes Serve Purposes

Senate filibusters have long been a target of congressional reformers, though as much as the Senate might tweak the rules, they are unlikely to give up this valuable right of the minority to talk. And sometimes talking does build support for an issue.

FBI Raid Breaches Constitutional Wall Built by the Founders

June 5, 2006 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

President's Disputed Pocket Veto Yields Quick Compromise

February 11, 2008 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

Rules, Rules, Rules:Congress Relies on Them

Prepared for delivery at the Dirksen Congressional Center Workshop: Congress in the Classroom, Peoria, Illinois, July 31, 2007

Energy Policy: Waiting for Change

Congress Project Director Don Wolfensberg discusses his observations on Congress's squabbles over energy policy.

Weak Committees Empower the Partisans

Over the last three decades majority parties in Congress have come to dominate the policy agenda, often at the expense of committees and deliberative lawmaking. In this article from Roll Call's Procedural Politics column, Wolfensberger finds evidence of this power shift in the growing prominence of leadership staff over committee staff and in the number of unreported bills given major status by the party leaders.

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