545Oct 17, 2011
Congressional Influence on U.S. Foreign Policy
Public policy experts discussed the role of Congress in developing foreign strategy. Former Senator John Sununu talked about the “central tension” between Congress and the White ...
613May 16, 2011
Congress, the United Nations, and War Power
Porter Goss delivered the keynote address at a discussion of the War Powers Act. Each of the panelists then spoke before a discussion about the constitutionality of military action without an ...
135Mar 14, 2011
Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Senate Historian Richard Baker, and the Wall Journal's Capitol Hill reporter Janet Hook talked about the history of Senate procedures. Topics ...
383Nov 15, 2010
Role of Minority Party in Congress
Former Congressmen Vic Fazio and Bob Walker talked about options for the Democrats to move their agenda forward after losing the House in midterm elections, and tactics the minority party uses to ...
337May 17, 2010
Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Cyber Threat
Panelists spoke about cyber threats to national security and the ongoing search for effective mechanisms to respond to them both inside and outside government. Among the topics they addressed ...
75May 15, 2009
Washington and Lee University Symposium
The panel talked about the balance of powers between the Obama Administration and Congress. The balance was described as a pendulum that would empower Congress at the determent of the Executive ...
212May 12, 2008
Social Security and Medicare Reform
A discussion was held on the politics of reforming entitlements for senior citizens, Social Security and Medicare. Topics included a Senate Budget Committee bill introduced on the ...
437Jan 14, 2008
History of Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday
Congressman Conyers led a discussion of the legislative history of efforts to establish a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the continuing significance of the ...
36Jan 16, 2007
Congressional Ethics Enforcement
Panelists talked about efforts of the 110th Congress to reform ethics and enforce new regulations on lobbying, the appropriations process, and gifts to members. Topics included proposed reforms ...
20Mar 31, 2006
Midterm Election Preview
The panelists discussed the topic, “Congress in the Balance: Politics, Policies, and the Midterm Elections.” Topics included electoral demographics for the 2006 midterm elections, policy ...
24May 9, 2003
Panelists talked about intelligence gathering, Congressional oversight of the intelligence community, efforts to combat terrorism, and the challenges of obtaining and maintaining secret information ...
83Oct 16, 2002
Continuity of Government
Commission members talked about proposals to ensure the continuity of government following a catastrophic event which left the government inoperable. Among the issues they addressed were ...
24Sep 13, 2002
Budgeting During Wartime
Participants talked about budget priorities during wartime. Mr. Wolfensberger moderated the discussion which focused on the relationship between the executive and legislative branches, ...
25Mar 15, 2002
Senate Party Leadership Yesterday and Today
The panelists talked about the history of the U.S. Senate leadership, including the consequences of changes in party control. They told stories about many of the leaders and compared their ...
9Feb 11, 2000
Congressional and Presidential Budget Priorities
Following President Clinton’s recent submission of his 2001 budget proposal, economic experts discussed budget proposals from both Congress and the president. They talked about the power ...
21Nov 12, 1999
Tax Reform and the Politics of Personality
Participants talked about how strong personalities affect policy by examining several efforts to reform tax policy. After their presentations they answered questions from the audience.
26Mar 19, 1999
The Drive to Televise House Floor Debates
On the twentieth anniversary of C-SPAN, participants discussed the years-long struggle to televise proceedings on the floor of the House, the formation and early years of C-SPAN, and the growth of ...
5Sep 10, 1998
Washington Journal Feature
Mr. Wolfensberger discussed the House Rules committee and responded to audience telephone calls, faxes, and electronic mail.