a1 The Catholic University of America
It is not hard to find critics of how the U.S. Congress operates today. Two of the most prominent, Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, have bemoaned in particular Congress's failure to follow “regular order,” which in their 2006 book The Broken Branch they describe as a legislative process that incorporates “discussion, debate, negotiation, and compromise” (Mann and Ornstein 2006, 170).
Matthew Green is an assistant professor of politics at the Catholic University of America. He is the author of a forthcoming book on the Speakership, The Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership (Yale University Press), and a number of articles on congressional politics and leadership in Congress. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel Burns is an undergraduate politics major at the Catholic University of America. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Our thanks to two congressional staff members for providing interviews and materials used for this paper.