March 9, 2020
The chambers of the House and Senate never have been entirely genteel. Congress is the place where political conflict comes in from the street for resolution. Unfortunately, recent events have highlighted the fact that Congress has become exceedingly conflictual. Our legislature today appears to be less a place for bargaining among distinct interests than a place where the majority rolls the minority.
This meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group will discuss the factors that have led to the win-at-any-cost mentality and perpetual campaigning culture in our national legislature. It will also consider what reforms might foment more healthy political conflict.
James Wallner, R Street Institute
Don Wolfensberger, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and author of Changing Cultures in Congress: From Fair Play to Power Plays (2018)