How Congress Stopped Working by Derek Willis and Paul Kane

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How Congress Stopped Working by Derek Willis and Paul Kane

Please read the following two articles: “How Congress Stopped Working” by Derek Willis and Paul Kane
https://www.propublica.org/article/how-congress-stopped-working and “How a Divided Congress Can Actually Get Along” by former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman https://time.com/5450946/congress-democrats-republicans-house-representatives-senate-congress-gridlock
Willis and Kane argue that the legislative branch has become a” junior partner to the executive [branch]” and is no longer an “equally powerful branch of government.” Lieberman argues that increased bipartisanship would result in a more productive Congress. Note that the two articles were published before and after the November 6, 2018 general election.

Please answer the following questions:
1) Firstly, Willis and Kane discuss how Congress has stagnated due to partisanship and restrictive congressional practices. Discuss two issues raised in the article regarding partisanship and/or Congress’s restrictive practices. Are any solutions offered that could get Congress working again? Explain.
2)Secondly,  Lieberman lays Congress’s problems at the feet of partisanship.
Discuss one problem Lieberman raises about partisanship and then discuss how bipartisanship could solve that problem.
3) Thirdly, Lieberman proposes that “ordinary citizens have a more prominent role to play in fixing Washington.” Willis and Kane, through the words of former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, propose that Congress, like a
bombed building, has to be rebuilt from the ground up. Do you support either or both viewpoints? Explain your opinion.

Marking outcomes

1) Firstly, issues raised in the article regarding partisanship and/or Congress’s restrictive practices. Also, solutions offered that could get Congress working again.
2) Secondly, problems at the feet of partisanship.
3) Lieberman proposes that “ordinary citizens have a more prominent role to play in fixing Washington.” Willis and Kane, through the words of former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, propose that Congress, like a
bombed building, has to be rebuilt from the ground up.

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