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Congress Partisanship

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.

The Invisible Founder

Jimmy Soni | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Jimmy Soni

Purity politics have deep roots in American history, and we ought to look back much further than November to understand the real attractions, and the equally real pitfalls, of purism. It's a tension that dates back to America's founding, and beyond.

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.

Artur Davis on Life in a Fiercely Partisan House, and Why It Might Not Get Better Any Time Soon

Matt Bieber | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics
Matt Bieber

"By the time I left Congress, there was no significant bipartisan legislative activity -- none. We went from a time that produced a number of bipartisan bills to a time in which there were virtually none."

The Do-Nothing Congress

Chicago Tribune | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics

The 112th Congress is on pace to be one of the least productive in recent memory — as measured by votes taken, bills made into laws, nominees approv...