Congressional Dysfunction: The Many Failures of the 118th Congress

By Naveen Wineland ’27
Managing Editor, Ike’s Anvil

Naveen Wineland ’27

On February 15, the House of Representatives went on vacation, a two-week recess until February 28. This recess occurred despite numerous pressing challenges requiring our legislature’s urgent attention. During this break, Avdiivka (one of the most critical “fortress cities” in Ukraine) fell to Russian advances due to a lack of American weaponry. Also during this recess, tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants crossed the border due to a lack of adequate legislation from Congress. This is all occurring amid a looming government shutdown, especially since the recess left Congress almost no time to make a deal. A shutdown was narrowly averted with temporary funding through March 8, with 12 funding bills once again in limbo. This is only one manifestation of a House incapable of legislating since being sworn in on January 3, 2023. 

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Reevaluating America’s Role in Israel

By Vincent DiFonzo ’25                                                                                                        Managing Editor, Ike’s Anvil

Vincent DiFonzo ’25

Last March, I had the opportunity to travel to Israel as part of the Eisenhower Institute’s Contours of the Middle East program. I visited during a time of political crisis. Israel’s young democracy was being challenged—not by a foreign power—but by their own prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. During the trip, our group met with a diverse range of people from the region, including both a retired Israeli Defense Force (IDF) general and a member of the Palestinian National Authority, the provisional government of the West Bank. These two people, from opposite sides of the conflict, disagreed on many things, yet they likely would have agreed on one: Netanyahu’s attempted judicial reforms, which would allow him to end his own corruption trial, are harmful to Israel. Israelis overwhelmingly opposed the changes and took to the streets in massive numbers to protest Netanyahu’s power grab. 

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Ike’s Anvil is Open for Submissions!

By Carter Hanson ’23
Managing Editor, Ike’s Anvil

Carter Hanson ’23

Ike’s Anvil gets its name from “Eisenhower,” which translates from German as “iron miner.” It is in the spirit of President Eisenhower’s moderate and bipartisan consensus-driven leadership that Ike’s Anvil acts as a forum for students to hammer out compromise, constructive politics, and policy solutions.

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Ike’s Anvil: Reforged

The Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College is excited to re-launch Ike’s Anvil in anticipation of new content this spring. While the original site served its purpose well, certain limitations inspired us to launch an updated platform to showcase student engagement with the most pressing challenges of our time. Moreover, we have expanded the remit of the Anvil to focus on issues of public policy and leadership development to better reflect the mission of the Eisenhower Institute and the content of our blog. 

Our new content will focus on four areas: 

  • Nation & World
  • Campus & Community
  • EI Events
  • EI Programs

This semester, reflections from the Women and Leadership program will be the first to be featured on our relaunched site. 

Interested in content from 2010-2018? You can find these at the Ike’s Anvil Archive. 

 

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