Nancy Jacobson

Senators should know precisely what they’re voting on

Weighing, debating and voting on proposed legislation is the most important thing Congress does. It’s serious business, and should be treated as such. If citizens don’t have faith in the legislative process, a big pillar of our democratic system crumbles. It seems obvious, then, that lawmakers and their staffs should have adequate time to read …

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Will Congress Fail Again, or Do its Job and Compromise?

An extraordinary example of Congress’s partisan dysfunction has been playing out this summer. The Republican-led Senate and Democratic-led House have been pushing their own COVID-19 relief packages with virtually no consideration of whether they could actually become law. All this time, their constituents desperately needed help, and still do. Millions of Americans face the loss of …

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AN ODE TO JOE MANCHIN’S PATRIOTISM ON HIS BIRTHDAY

There’s an old saying which suggests that if you’re looking for loyalty in Washington, you should get a dog. It’s a biting sentiment—one that taps into America’s deep-seated cynicism about politics. There’s no doubting that Washington has certainly seen its share of scoundrels through the years. But in a country as diverse as ours—and in …

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BORDER FUNDING BILL’S PASSAGE SHOWS ADROIT LEADERSHIP CAN MOVE CONGRESS BEYOND GRIDLOCK

After years of the Democratic Party drifting to the left and the Republican Party tilting increasingly to the right, a ray of hope for America has come in the passage of the recent border emergency funding bill. In a rare handling of a contentious issue, both parties came together to pass billions of dollars of aid …

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THE UNEXPECTED SHADOW OF 1994, 25 YEARS LATER

This coming November marks 25 years since the so-called Republican Revolution of 1994. A quarter-century after Newt Gingrich led the GOP to take back control of the House of Representatives—after four decades of Democratic control—Washington is still feeling its reverberations. Say what you will about whether Democrats deserved to lose that election, what’s undeniable is that the …

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