It’s one of the persistent complaints about our government: Why can’t Congress get anything done? Actually, getting issues debated and voted on is much simpler in the House of Representatives, where only a majority vote is required. But, in the Senate, the process can be much more difficult. Over the past two years, and in fact, over the past few Presidential administrations, the filibuster, which used to be more of a last-ditch tactic, has come into play more and more as our nation has become more closely divided in its views. It takes 60 votes to allow an issue to be debated before the full Senate, making it difficult to advance legislation on controversial issues. Plus, individual Senators can put a hold on some Senate actions, further grinding things to a halt. What can be done to get the Congress to work more efficiently? We’ll ask Joseph Gibson, an attorney who has worked in all three branches of the Federal government, and written the book “A Better Congress: Change the Rules, Change the Results: A Modest Proposal” (published by Two Seas Media). It’s not only a critique of how Congress currently works – or doesn’t work – it contains some bold proposals on how Congress can be changed so more of the people’s business can be accomplished.
Joseph Gibson, author of A Better Congress, interviewed on The Jim Bohannon Show, December 8, 2010
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