February 12, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer
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.
June 5, 2006 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer
February 11, 2008 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer
Prepared for delivery at the Dirksen Congressional Center Workshop: Congress in the Classroom, Peoria, Illinois, July 31, 2007
Congress Project Director Don Wolfensberg discusses his observations on Congress's squabbles over energy policy.
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.