Practical ways of fixing the US Congress

November 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Posted in Dysfunctional Politics | Leave a comment
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U.S. House Committee on Financial Services

U.S. House Committee on Financial Services

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Almost everyone considers the current US Congress to be utterly dysfunctional.  The House of Representatives is dedicated to political posturing and to preventing the Executive Branch from accomplishing anything useful, and the Senate works under rules which make it too easy for individual Senators to prevent items from being voted upon.

Encouragingly, the disgust with Congress has become bipartisan.

A new bipartisan organization, No Labels, has come up with twelve practical measures for making Congress effective again.  They have good arguments why these twelve measures would work.

This link connects to a good example: returning the filibuster process to its original purpose.

Visit that site, and see what you think.

Second committee room upstairs in Congress Hall, Philadelphia, PA, photographed by Ben Franske, August 2008.

Second committee room upstairs in Congress Hall, Philadelphia, PA, photographed by Ben Franske, August 2008.

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