Reforming Congress – Tom Wickham, Former Parliamentarian of the US House of Representatives

March 1, 2022   Matthew Chervenak

  • Congressional Reform
  • Video
  • 0:14 – Background
  • 4:22 – What does the U.S. House Parliamentarian do? Comparison to the Parliamentarian of the Senate?
  • 9:38 – How big is the office of the Parliamentarian?
  • 10:55 – How does the evolution of rules happen? Does the parliamentarian have any say in this?
  • 14:25 – Set of rules that the parliamentarian is enforcing
  • 18:00 – Informal Rules (example: intraparty rules)
  • 18:53 – What is the purpose of the rules in Congress?
  • 21:05 – Majority versus minority
  • 23:18 – When you think of any parliamentary procedure– how do rules get judged on good or bad?
  • 26:18 – Concept of the equal representation3
  • 0:35 – Groups of rules in the bill to law process
  • 40:27 – Concept of the majoritarian ideal
  • 42:25 – What are the rules on the floor?
  • 45:15 – Studying the rules of other countries and their parliamentarian systems
  • 47:18 – How can the rules be visualized?
  • 49:45 – What rules would you change and add to the legislative system?
  • 52:49 – Are there rules in the party systems that become institutional components?
    [Lightning Round]
  • 55:48 – What do you think congressional representation should mean?
  • 59:03 – How would your ideal Congress allocate its time?
  • 1:00:12 – How should debate, deliberation, or dialogue occur or be structured in Congress?
  • 1:05:01 – What fundamental institutional improvement should Congress make within 50 years?
  • 1:06:21 – What book or article most shaped your thinking with respect to congressional reform?
  • 1:07:47 – Long term plans
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