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Gun Amendment: Poison Pill or Silver Bullet?

How will the D.C. voting rights bill be affected by the gun amendment? Just look at recent history, explains Congress Project Director Don Wolfensberger in his bimonthly column from Roll Call.

Balanced Budget Proposal Tilts on Procedure

Part of the debt limit deal last August was a provision mandating that both Houses vote on an amendment to the Constitution to require a balanced budget each year. When the House Judiciary Committee reported a version that required a two-thirds vote to raise taxes, House Republicans reversed the committee in favor a simple majority vote to attract Democrats. In this article from Roll Call's Procedural Politics column, Don Wolfensberger comments that while the procedural acrobatics to make this change were complicated, they still left the amendment short of the two-thirds vote needed for constitutional amendments.

Incivility Is Symptom of Larger Problem on Capitol Hill

October 1, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

In Blaming Republicans, Authors Miss the Point

Two prominent political scientists claim Republicans are principally to blame for Washington’s dysfunction because they are more extreme and less inclined to compromise. In this article, Don Wolfensberger notes Congress has been just as dysfunctional under Democratic majorities and the fault lies in the increasing polarization between the parties and the imperatives of “the permanent campaign” to hold on to power by shaping legislation for political purposes rather than finding common ground in the national interest.

Congress Should Police Itself on Ethics Violations

January 16, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

Congress Takes Recess From Pro Formas

So far this Congress has been spared the brief “pro forma” sessions used to block presidential recess appointments in previous Congresses. Both parties have done it to prevent a president of the other party from filling judicial or executive branch vacancies while Congress is away. A recent court decision however, may change all that.

Line-Item Veto Would Expedite a Rescission Collision

May 1, 2006By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

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