Reforming Congress – Mark Strand, President of the Congressional Institute (Part 2)

April 8, 2021   Matthew Chervenak

  • Congressional Reform
  • Video
  • 0:09 – How floor and committee procedures have changed in recent years
  • 3:19 – If the House allowed open rules for debate and amendments, is there a risk that messaging bills with no chance of passage will overwhelm the House proceedings?
  • 7:20 – Other opportunities for reform improvement
  • 11:46 – Rules of the chamber vs. rules self-imposed by the political parties
  • 13:43 – How are political party legislative rules made?
  • 15:07 – “College of Congress” Program to train and retain high-skilled congressional staffers
  • 17:56 – How does staff training work in practice?
    [Lightning Round]
  • 19:50 – What should congressional representation mean?
  • 22:58 – How would your ideal Congress allocate its time?
  • 25:51 – How should debate, deliberation, or dialogue occur or be structured in Congress?
  • 27:04 – What fundamental institutional improvement should Congress make in the next 50 years?
  • 30:35 – What book or article most shaped your thinking with respect to congressional reform?
  • 2:53 – Plans for the long term with the Congressional Institute
    [End of Part 2]