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Transparency is a Weapon that is Ruining Congress

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Congressional Research Institute

Read more in James G. D'Angelo "Transparency is a Weapon that is Ruining Congress," The Fulcrum, July 22, 2019.

Rank-and-file members of Congress are unhappy. In both chambers, leadership cuts them out of the amending process via an array of parliamentary tricks like "closed rules" and "filling the tree."

Frustrated, the members readily direct their anger at the top brass. But this is a mistake. The real culprit is transparency – weaponized transparency that grew out of congressional sunshine reforms a half-century ago.