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Event (May 8): Is Congress Broken?

Friday, April 21st, 2017

SOTU-2_2The US Congress is regularly described as inefficient, ineffective, and polarized. How accurate is that description? Most reforms have sought to make Congress more open, responsive, and democratic. But have those reforms actually made Congress better at creating a governing consensus, overseeing the executive branch, and engaging in deliberation? What reforms might make Congress more effective, and what should be the standard for judging those reforms? Does the original constitutional design offer a better model for judging Congress today?

Please join AEI as a panel of scholars and experts discuss the state of Congress today and possible paths to reform.

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Agenda

9:45 AM
Registration

10:00 AM
Introduction:
Gary J. Schmitt, AEI

Panelists:
William F. Connelly Jr., Washington and Lee University
Kathryn L. Pearson, University of Minnesota
Jonathan Rauch, Brookings Institution
Donald Wolfensberger, US House Committee on Rules (former)

Moderator:
Gary J. Schmitt, AEI

10:50 AM
Q&A

11:00 AM
Adjournment

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