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115th Congress Functioned Poorly, Derelict in Basic Duties

Michael Thorning / Blog January 31, 2019

The 115th Congress functioned poorly overall. In several key areas, it underperformed its predecessors and its own expectations set by leaders.

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Healthy Congress Index Q & A with John Fortier

Governance / Blog January 31, 2019

John Fortier answers key questions on how 115th Congress functioned compared to previous ones and offers insight into what may change for the next session.

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Improved Appropriations Process Leads to Better Functioning Congress

Michael Thorning / Blog November 28, 2018

Congress had much more success than in recent years when it came funding the government for Fiscal Year 2019, which began on October 1, 2018.

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Changing Cultures in Congress

Governance / November 28, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

We discuss Don Wolfensberger’s new book, Changing Cultures in Congress: From Fair Play to Power Plays, and will release 3rd quarter updates of the Healthy Congress Index.

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Problem Solvers Caucus Congressional Reform

Joshua Ferrer, Matthew Weil / Blog August 9, 2018

The members of the Problem Solvers Caucus have put their feet down and demanded change. Perhaps they can follow through on their bold proposals with action come January.

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Out of Order: Why Congress’s Budget Process Satisfies No One

Governance / July 23, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Join us on Monday, July 23 as BPC’s expert panel discusses how a healthy congress is supposed to work and reforms for the future.

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Healthy Congress Index: Light Work Schedule with Few Amendments

Governance / Press Release May 31, 2018

The 115th Congress has spent a less-than-optimal amount of time working in Washington, but this Congress differs little from its recent predecessors.

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New Data Shows Demise of Congressional Debate in 2017

Governance / Press Release February 13, 2018

As the Senate begins open debate on immigration legislation, new Healthy Congress Index data shows that it will be the first substantial opportunity for debate in the 115th Congress.

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John Fortier: The demise of debate in Congress

Governance / News February 12, 2018

At its best, Congress is the world’s greatest deliberative body. Unfortunately, 2017 saw the demise of debate and amendment.

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Healthy Congress Index: Budget Actions Obscure Broken Process

Governance / Press Release October 19, 2017

Senate action on a budget resolution this week obscures continued dysfunction with the budget-making and appropriations process.

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