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Congress Gridlock

If U.S. Were a Company, It Would Be Delisted

Diane M. Francis | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
Diane M. Francis

Washington's incompetence is perplexing, given America's aspiration, in every other endeavor, to be innovative and best in its class. Yet when it comes to politics, the U.S. historically cannot deliver decisiveness, transparency, accountability, or alignment with the public interest.

U.S. Senate Rules Reform at One Year: A First Step, But a Long Road Ahead

Larry Cohen | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Since last November, Senate obstruction hasn't disappeared, it simply has taken a different form.

Michael McAuliff

Lame Duck Congress Will Duck Issues That Matter Most To Voters | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top concerns voiced by voters in poll after poll this election were the economy and the stagnating middle class. So, freed from e...

Sam Stein

McCain On Congress's Inability To Solve Any Crisis: 'It Is Embarrassing' | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in crafting a bill to restructure the Department of Veterans Affairs,...

Retiring Members Of Congress: We Can Do More Outside Of Washington

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took barely a year in Congress for Democrat Gloria Negrete McLeod to decide that she could do more for her California constitue...

It Is Time for Congress to Put Country Before Party

David L. Nevins | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
David L. Nevins

We must define and implement a process of governance in our country built upon civil discourse and critical thinking.

Ending Congressional Gridlock Requires Curbing Abuse Of The Filibuster

Nan Aron | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Nan Aron

Without reform, we're doomed repeat and amplify the exasperating gridlock of the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling talks. That's why Senate Resolutions 4 and 6 need the support of Democratic senators and the White House. The American people strongly support overhauling the filibuster.

Prospects For The 113th Congress

Sarah Binder | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Sarah Binder

In many ways, the new Congress should look like the old one. Prospects for a grand bargain over taxes and spending remain dim. I also expect that congressional power will remain concentrated in the hands of party leaders, and that rank-and-file legislators will continue to grumble about it.

U.S. or Parliamentary System? One Is Nearly Gridlock-Proof -- and It Ain't Ours

Eric Black | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

Because of their structures, parliamentary systems are relatively gridlock-proof. Our system -- absent the grease of partisan cooperation and compromise -- is particularly gridlock-prone.

What It Takes to Actually Change Washington and Change Policy

Steve Clemons | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Senators, if they desire to, don't have to be spineless and passive -- but can make their own weather. They can write and pass laws -- though successful legislating can be an excruciatingly frustrating, irrational process.

1.1 Million Californians Set To Lose Unemployment Benefits

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 12.22.2011 | Los Angeles

If Republicans and Democrats in Congress don't come to an agreement in the next 10 days, about 1.1 million out-of-work Californians won't get their un...