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How is Congress Doing? Evaluating the Legislative Branch

Bipartisan Policy Center
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Americans regularly express frustration with Congress and the institution’s approval ratings are nothing short of abysmal. But does public opinion match actual measurements of congressional performance? A newly formed committee in the House of Representatives is examining reforms to modernize the institution and there have been numerous proposals to change the Senate’s rules. That backdrop provides a good opportunity to look at various efforts to measure the state of Congress?including those from BPC, the Brookings Institution, the Center for Effective Lawmaking, the Lugar Center, and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Join us on March 5 as we measure Congress against several benchmarks and answer the question “How is Congress doing?”

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Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)

Dan Diller
Director of Policy, The Lugar Center

Dave Hoppe
Senior Principal, 38 North Solutions

Muftiah McCartin
Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP

Molly Reynolds
Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D.
Interim President, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Michael Thorning
Senior Policy Analyst, BPC

Alan E. Wiseman
Co-Director, Center for Effective Lawmaking

Moderated by:

John Fortier
Director of the Democracy Project, BPC

Michele Stockwell
Senior Vice President and Executive Director of BPC Action

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