U.S. Politics Publications
Current negotiations over trade deals—the TPP across the Pacific and the TTIP across the Atlantic—offer the United States its best chance in decades to create international standards limiting foreign governments’ support for their home industries writes Public Policy Scholar Kent Hughes in this policy brief.
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.
Congress passed its first budget in four years, but the twisted path it took to get there would baffle a Martian.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), in a floor speech January 8, lamented the sorry state of the Senate today, admitted that both parties are to blame for turning the chamber into a campaign studio, and promised to return to deliberative policy making body if Republicans regain majority control next year.
When the House of Representatives removed Speaker Joe Cannon as chairman of the Rules Committee in 1910, it did so by overturning his ruling that changing House rules from the floor is not a constitutional right. Before Cannon left office in 1911, the House reversed itself, perhaps in part because Democrats would be in the majority two months later. The tale is a cautionary one for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who recently changed Senate filibuster rules.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s unilateral procedural maneuver to effectively change Senate filibuster rules on presidential nominations, resembled the actions of Republican House Speaker Thomas Reed in 1890 to eliminated minority party obstruction. Both moves met with heavy resistance from the minority party.
Neither political ideology nor electoral concerns are solely responsible for paralyzing polarization in Congress. Both are, combined with divided party government and fragile majorities in both houses that could flip at the next election.
A House passed bill to create a ""Bipartisan Working group on Deficit Reduction and Economic Growth" could provide an opening for a larger deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
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.
Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy (Wilson Center Publication) provides a governmental and private-sector overview of the complex dynamics of competition and cooperation behind U.S. and Chinese national efforts to develop their solar, wind, and other alternative energy industries.