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Ex-Senate leaders explain why Congress can’t get things done

USA TODAY

Friday, December 5, 2014

Two former Senate majority leaders agree that it’s harder to get things done in Congress these days — in part because the institution is now so transparent.

“It’s gone beyond 24/7 … it’s explosive,” said Trent Lott, a Mississippi Republican who served as Senate majority leader from 1997 to 2001.

Lott and Tom Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat who followed Lott as leader, said new laws and ubiquitous media give everybody a close look at the sometimes unappealing sausage making that becomes legislating.

“People repel from that somewhat,” Daschle told reporters at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

Daschle and Lott are now associated with the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, which is looking for ways to make Congress work better.

KEYWORDS: TOM DASCHLE, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR