The Pros And Cons Of Congress Reform

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Book Review This book is written very well. There were no parts in the book that I had not either thought about or disagreed with. For me I think that congress needs to change. Out of the three branches of government I believe that congress needs to be reformed. As it currently stands I don’t think that it is a well-oiled working machine. That’s why I agree with Sabato when it comes to reforming the Senate and the House. First, I strongly agree that congress should be in a way “reformed”. It irritates me when I turn to various news outlets, and hear how congress is just not working in our interest. Either how in the current session there’s a deadlock and nothing is getting done. Even worse is when there is a scandal, such as corruption. I …show more content…
I really don’t like what I hear from our legislators, so the less I hear from them the better. A lot of what is said about our legislators is negative, this might have to do with the way the media reports it, but that’s for another time. One thing I currently don’t like about our legislation is how our legislation is being run by special interest groups. I don’t like how those few companies, and individuals with money have such a major influence in our government, especially our legislation. I feel like these individuals and companies are running the country, and not the legislators we voted with the hope of them representing us. I agree with the idea of a more representative us senate as stated by Sabato.
Sabato proposes, “First, we need a larger, more representative U.S. Senate that better fits the massively increased population of
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In the past, I’ve looked at the map of congressional districts and see how the map is like a jigsaw puzzle. To the average citizen one can’t immediately figure out why it’s drawn up the way it is, but the politicians do now exactly why. I currently feel like there is to many people under each House legislator. Sabato gives a clear example of how disproportionate representation between us and our representatives. Sabato clearly states,” Let’s return to the first House of 65 members. With a U.S. population of about 3.9 million, each House member represented approximately 60,000 individuals. 49 By 1860 a larger House of 183 members represented on average about 100,000 people each. After the 1910 census, the size of the House peaked at 435, with each member representing 213,000.50 Today, each member of the lower house of Congress represents 690,000!” I think that the House legislators currently represent to many people at one time. This might be a reason why many people feel like they aren’t being heard from their legislator. I think these proportions of representation aren’t very healthy. I think more House members is what we need to fix this. At the current rate, I think to many people are voicing very different opinions to their legislator, and the legislator doesn’t want to upset the majority. Thus, with more legislators and more compact districts would allow more of

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