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Unformatted text preview: U.S. Gov’t & Politics Spring 2008 Political Science 1 J. P. Vermeer CONGRESSIONAL REFORM EXERCISE This week’s exercise considers how well Congress performs its duties. Dissatisfaction with Congress is high, and political analysts might very well disagree as to he reasons. Is it because of the kinds of people who serve in Congress? Is it because of the influence of what critics would call “special interest groups?” Is it because of the structure and the procedures of Congress? Whatever the reason someone would have for being dissatisfied with Congress, he or she certainly would not be alone. But making changes that would “fix” the problem without creating new ones is far from easy. What we want to do this week is to consider some proposals for “improving” Congress. I’d prefer you to approach the task as an analyst (“would “improving” Congress....
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