Program

Events

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

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

Democrats' Ethics Tactics Trigger Republican Backlash

March 31, 2008 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

Congress and the Politics of Deficits

In its August 2003 budget and economic update, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected a $401 billion deficit this year, and $480 billion next year, with no sign of a surplus reemerging until 2012. How will Congress deal with this new sea of red ink? Will mounting deficits be an issue in the 2004 presidential and congressional campaigns? These were some of the issues that were explored at this recent Congress Project seminar.

Congressional Staffers Play Quiet, Vital Role

Wolfensberger praises the Stennis Center’s Congressional Fellows Program that has trained some 240 senior staff over the last two decades, for personifying the extraordinary quality and character of the young people who assist House and Senate Members in carrying out their duties.

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