Changes in how Congress operates have made it a less open, fair and democratic institution. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton worries that it may now be too late to change, and wonders, "Is Fixing Congressional Procedure a Lost Cause?"
Watching Congress can be frustrating for many Americans, who wonder why it takes so long to resolve things. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton says that you have to know how to understand Congress.
Many Americans don't realize that on Capitol Hill, your party's status as the majority or minority can affect everything from the rooms you meet in to whether you can offer an amendment to a bill. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton explains what underlies the intense partisanship in Congress.
Polls show enormous disillusionment with our government and how it operates. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton says the answer is not wholesale change.
It is time for Congress to start learning to re-assert itself as a policy-making branch of government. Former congressman Lee Hamilton suggests that with a new president due to take office soon, "Congress, Too, Can Set the Agenda."
The transition is a delicate, even crucial, point in any administration, says former Congressman Lee Hamilton. Today's transition is taking place in a particularly tough environment.
Secrecy in government breeds cynicism. That is why, former Congressman Lee Hamilton says, "Congress Needs to Embrace Transparency."
Conference committees on Capitol Hill are vanishing, to the detriment of our democracy. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton explains that, "You Might Not Miss Conference Committees, But You Should"
An effective counter-terrorism strategy must seamlessly integrate all the tools of American power into a systematic approach to meet the diversified threat of terrorism, writes former Congressman Lee H. Hamilton.
The dramatic and far-reaching proposals that President Obama is sending to Capitol Hill call on Congress to set aside its less attractive habits of the last decade. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton wonders, "Is Congress Up to the Task Before It?"