Spring 2013 - 62625 - PA680PB - Policy Research Project

Reclamation of the U.S. Congress

The success of the U.S. Congress rests not only with the Members elected to hold congressional office but also with how well the Congress as an institution works.The public is frustrated with various aspects of the Congress, including the partisan nature of discussions and the seemingly inability of the Congress to achieve legislative closure on important issues. Lawmakers are openly frustrated with various aspects of the legislative process and recent public opinion polls reveal that approval of the Congress is at an all-time low. Given these conditions, it may be time to consider a comprehensive review of the legislative branch of government and offer options for how the institution might adjust.
This PRP will build upon former actions the Congress undertook to adjust its organization and governance and develop a set of recommendations the Congress may consider to reclaim its role.