The United States Capitol Building, Washington, DC

The beginning of the 117th Congress has been anything but typical. But one thing about this Congress probably won’t be much different from the last one and nearly every session for the past few decades: Our nation’s representatives are unlikely to tackle many of the nation’s pressing problems.

By many metrics — days in session, hearings held, bills passed, budgets adopted — Congress is grossly underperforming. Some of the reasons are obvious, like the narrow partisan division in the chambers and the polarization of the parties. Too many members of Congress spend too much of their time striking partisan poses on television and social media….(Read more)