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Tom Daschle and Trent Lott: How to fix Congress

The Christian Science Monitor

Saturday, November 1, 2014

You can’t run the government of the most powerful nation in the world on Wednesdays alone. Yet that is what members of Congress, in effect, are trying to do.

Pulled in one direction by the ever-growing need to raise campaign funds, and pushed in another to avoid appearing disconnected from their constituents by spending too much time in Washington, they often arrive in the capital on Tuesday and go home on Thursday. This leaves them little time for deliberation and lawmaking.

This has to change. Our institutions are not broken. We believe in and stand by our representative democracy as strongly as we ever have. The challenges themselves are not too great for us to overcome.

KEYWORDS: CONGRESS, TOM DASCHLE, POLITICAL POLARIZATION, COMMISSION ON POLITICAL REFORM, BPC OP-EDS