Perspectives on American Democracy

The Center for American Progress and American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies hosted a one day… read more

The Center for American Progress and American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies hosted a one day symposium on “Checks and Balances, Perspectives on American Democracy at the Beginning of the Twenty First Century.” The symposium on American government focused on several issues including the role of the executive branch, congressional powers, the role of committees in formulating legislation and public policy, as well as government stability.

During the third segment of the symposium, the second panel discussed “Why Congress Matters: Perspectives on Stability and Changes in the House.” Members of the panel discussed sources of stability and change in the U.S. House of Representatives and linked its impact on the relationship with the president. They talked about how elections are the primary source of change, how there has been a disintegration of the committee process, and how there has been an increasing use of the filibuster in the Senate amendments and holds. Following their remarks, panelists responded to questions from members of the audience. Mr. Thurber chaired the panel. close

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  • Barbara Sinclair Professor University of California, Los Angeles->Political Science
  • James A. Thurber Founder and Director American University->Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
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Program ID:
188626-4
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Forum
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Sep 2, 2005
Last Aired:
Sep 12, 2005

Airing Details

  • Sep 02, 2005 | 4:09am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 06, 2005 | 8:39pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 07, 2005 | 2:11pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 09, 2005 | 4:49pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 12, 2005 | 8:33pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
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