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Congressional Gridlock

As Congress Stalls on the Budget, the People Weigh In

Steven Kull | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Steven Kull

The latest budget news from Capitol Hill - that the Republicans on the House Budget Committee are postponing markup of the annual tax and spending framework until March - sure sounds like a tune we've all heard before.

Gridlockracy • [grid-lok-ruh-see] • noun

Dawson Church | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Dawson Church

In the type of democracy we enjoy in the United States, the different branches of government can be controlled by different political parties, as in a Democratic president and a Republican Congress.

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.

Given How Much Americans Dislike Congress, It's Shocking Anyone Got Elected At All

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

Only 9 percent of Americans approved of Congress in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections, which may explain why the election drew the lowest ...

The Common Ground Fallacy

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

When one party has made explicit that its primary goal is to block nearly anything proposed by a sitting president and, further, to undo substantive achievements to date -- when revenge requires all Republican senators and representatives to adhere to that primary goal -- then seeking agreement is seen as a contradiction.

2014 and the Strategic Demise of Governance

David Karpf | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
David Karpf

The terrifying thing about last night is not that Republicans won a lot of individual races. The terrifying thing is that last night was a compete vindication of McConnell et al's strategic gamble. And so long as that strategy works, our elected officials won't actually bother to legislate or govern.

Government Isn't the Problem, It's the Bully Mentality

Harlan Green | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Harlan Green

The bullies are in control, whether they are Republican Tea Partiers that refuse to compromise on any legislation that won't downsize government programs, or the lobbying arm of the gun industry; they control Washington's agenda these days.

Clinton Says He Had It Worse Than Obama, Still Got Things Done

The New York Times | AMY CHOZICK | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics

President Obama heads into midterm elections in which he may face crushing losses. He has been spurned by his own party, whose candidates do not even ...

Jason Linkins

Let's Do It! Let's Bring Back Earmarks! | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

For the past several years, Congress has been operating under a formal ban of earmarks -- tiny bits of spending that members previously enjoyed insert...

The President, the Pen, the Phone, and the States

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I'm often asked what President Obama can really accomplish on the economy with just "the pen and the phone," i.e., what can he do without Congress.

Congressional Self-Inflicted Wounds

Newton N. Minow | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Newton N. Minow

Current systems of voting in the Senate and House are not required by law or the Constitution. They are rules and policies which senators and representatives have imposed upon themselves to set their own agendas.

Time to Send Congress to West Point

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

Is there any way -- any way at all -- to end the Congressional gridlock in Washington D.C.? A silver bullet to break down the silos of rigidly held convictions that continue to stymy the ability of America's elected representatives to compromise and solve the country's pressing problems

Resolving to End Obstruction

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The Republican party's government shutdown that lasted 16 days and cost the economy $24 billion offered a clear illustration of the dysfunction in Washington. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Will You Join Me in My Campaign to Move This Country Forward?

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

Last week we successfully launched our Reclaiming Main Street Campaign, starting in Washington, D.C. I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we...

Braking Bad: The Critical Need to End Congressional Gridlock

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

Put very simply, Congressional gridlock is killing the American dream. It is being sacrificed on the altar of ideological purity and partisan sanctimony. We need to put the brakes on that approach or we will break apart.

Why I'm Embarking on a Campaign to Reclaim Main Street

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we must remind ourselves -- and reclaim the practical idea -- that community is a common enterprise. None of us can go it alone.

Moving Beyond the Nation's Impasse: Shutdown Week 3

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

In traveling the country, I've repeatedly been asked: What's going on with the government shutdown and the country? Are we as a nation falling apart?

Satan and the Demons

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Being tempted by the devil was the first incident in Jesus' ministry following his baptism, and since it was initiated by God, it should be taken as a foreshadowing of Jesus' lifelong battle with Satan.

Dave Jamieson

Full Slate Of Obama Picks Get Confirmed | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed all five of President Barack Obama's nominees to the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday, marking the first t...

Austerity: Pain Without Progress

Diane Swonk | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics
Diane Swonk

For now, our political system appears to be broken, with our elected officials rewarded for winning political, not economic, battles. It's almost as if we have decided to deliberately ignore the lessons of our own Great Depression and Europe's debt crisis.

Gun Safety, Gridlock, and the Demise of Congress

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

The fact is that Congress does not need some sort of invitation from the White House in order to do their job. To take affirmative action toward addressing our nation's problems, Congress should put aside its letterhead and stop writing letters to the President and federal agencies asking them to take action.

Dave Jamieson

House Democrats Walk Out Of Vote In Protest | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Several House Democrats walked out of a committee vote in protest on Wednesday, accusing their Republican counterparts of refusing to ne...

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.

My Dream Intro to the Inaugural Speech

Frank A. Weil | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

It is time to at least talk about some systemic changes to address the systemic and counterproductive political gridlock we are stuck with today.