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Restoring order: Practical Solutions to Congressional Dysfunction

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Reform Institute

Funder(s): Reform Institute

Funder(s): Reform Institute

Topic: Government (Legislative power and procedure)

Type: Report


The Framers of our nation created a political system built upon three vibrant, assertive, and active branches of government, with a series of checks and balances in place to make sure that no single branch or individual could accumulate too much power and threaten the rights and freedoms of citizens, and to create a deliberative process to make good public policy. Congress, the first branch of government, was designed to be the linchpin of this system, the body closest to the people, with the most robust specified powers.