Modernizing Congress

Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Vice Chair Tom Graves (R-GA) participated in a Special Order on the House floor Monday to highlight the work of the committee and detail the recommendations that have been unanimously...

Privacy, Negotiation, and Deliberation

At LegBranch.org, Sarah Anderson, Daniel Butler, and Laurel Harbridge-Yong write that transparency may have contributed to legislative gridlock. One promising solution, even in this polarized context, is allowing legislators more room to negotiate compromise solutions...

Deliberation and Transparency

Yuval Levin at AEI: Members consequently use their positions to build personal brands and to excite fans and followers. But these trends have been greatly exacerbated by a further transformation that does not get enough attention: the loss of protected spaces...

Reviving Oxford Debates on Capitol Hill

On February 5, Norman Ornstein testified before the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress: Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, I want to offer some ideas for improving the way the House debates and deliberates, based on my five decades of observing...

Hearing on Deliberative Process

ARTICLE ONE: FOSTERING A MORE DELIBERATIVE PROCESS IN CONGRESS Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 – 2:00pm Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Article One: Fostering a More Deliberative Process in Congress Witnesses Dr. James M. Curry...

Listening

Astra Taylor at The New Yorker: The idea that the right to listen to one another should be defended in a democracy seems strange. That’s probably because we lack a shared vocabulary or framework for understanding listening as a political act. We pay lip service to the...