The House of Representatives is considering a spurt of budget process reform bills this month. While it has been pegged by House Republican leaders to the Democratic Senate’s failure to produce a budget resolution over the last three years, it is also a useful exercise in better educating Members on the process—even if the pieces don’t all fit together at this point.
July 16, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer
Is the dysfunction and policy gridlock in government simply a product of our polarized country politically, or a deeper symptom of a changing culture in Congress aimed more at gaining and holding political power than in producing good public policy for the country. Don Wolfensberger sees more signs of the latter taking place.
November 7, 2006 By Don WolfensbergerRoll Call Contributing Writer
The Wilson Center's Don Wolfensberger, former chief of staff of the House Rules Committee, reflects on the fate of well-intentioned congressional reforms.
The twin crises of a government shutdown and near debt default were prolonged by procedural moves and countermoves that went nowhere, with Congress eventually stumbling out the exit, kicking the can down the road once more.
Remarks from a Drake University-Woodrow Wilson Center Seminar, September 19, 2007
Remarks by Donald R. Wolfensberger to the Russian Duma, 25 January 1999
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.