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A Debate Worth Having on Emergency Offsets

Hopeful budget watchers predicted that Congress would have fairly smooth fiscal sailing now that statutory spending caps are in place. That obviously underestimates the ability of Members to whip up their own squalls.

Point of View: Congress and Change

The Wilson Center's Don Wolfensberger, former chief of staff of the House Rules Committee, reflects on the fate of well-intentioned congressional reforms.

Revisiting the Budget Control Act Is Inevitable

The dispute this spring between the House and Senate over whether a congressional budget resolution is even necessary this year highlights difficulties down the road as the two houses weigh-in with widely divergent spending numbers writes Don Wolfensberger in Roll Call.

Congress Is Always Reluctant to End Wars Unilaterally

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

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.

Rubber-Band Politics' Snapback Sting

Sometimes Congress’s budget gimmicks snap back and sting. Sequestration (or across the board spending cuts) wasn’t supposed to happen, but something snapped, and everyone got stung.

House Executes Deliberation With Special Rules

June 19, 2006 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

Is Negotiating Political Agreement a Lost Art?

A group of political scientists say Congress has forgotten the art of negotiating political agreements and needs to relearn it if our government is to continue to function as intended. Wolfensberger says in today's Congress, with all the distractions during shortened work weeks, simple deliberations are a difficult challenge for most members.

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