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  • Is Congress the 'broken branch'?
    • NO
      • Congress passes hundreds of laws each year.
      • Strong on constituency representation and looking after the 'folks back home'.
      • Congress alone does not cause gridlock in government.
      • Polarisation in Congress is merely reflective of a polarised country.
        • Political polarisation refers to the cases in which an individual's stance on a given issue, policy, or person is more likely to be strictly defined by their identification with a particular political party (e.g., Democrat or Republican) or ideology (e.g., liberal or conservative).
      • Has successfully called presidents and their administrations to account.
    • YES
      • Legislation is characterised by gridlock and inaction.
      • Lack of bipartisanship and compromise.
      • Senate action is  often frustrated by filibustering or the threat of it.
      • Confirmation of presidential appointments often degenerates into partisan point scoring.
      • Too many uncompetitive seats push parties to ideological extremes.
      • Foreign policy checks on the president are often ineffective (e.g. declaring war).


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