The current Congress started off last year with a historic show of dysfunction, taking 15 rounds of voting to elect a speaker. Things did not get better. And then this week we saw the House and the Senate devolve into what some observers dubbed “failure theater.” One senator, Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut, asked simply, “What the hell just happened?” Helping us answer that question is Molly Reynolds, senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution.
- House GOP had lowest win rate on ‘party unity’ votes since 1982
- House declines to impeach Homeland Security chief
- GOP stand-alone Israel aid bill rejected in the House
- Border supplemental package stalls in Senate
- Huge gap on spending bill policy riders as time dwindles