The communications revolution has presented Congress with an ironic problem: how to ensure that messages to and from constituents get heard. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton wonders, "Can Congress Cope With The Communications Age?"
The small bits of progress that Congress is making in putting together a budget are taking place against a depressing backdrop. Congress no longer seems to know how to put a budget together, says former Congressman Lee Hamilton.
Congress may not seem to change much from year to year, but in fact it is an evolving institution, and not always for the better, says former Congressman Lee Hamilton.
Polls show enormous disillusionment with our government and how it operates. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton says the answer is not wholesale change.
One of the hardest jobs of an elected representative is learning how to represent a diverse constituency. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton explains "What It Means To Be A Representative."
This being an election year, the presidential candidates are getting much scrutiny. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton says there's an equally important question we need to be asking: "Are the people prepared for their responsibilities?"
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?"