U.s. Senator Or Congressman As A Dignified Statesman Essay

1335 Words Oct 28th, 2016 6 Pages
Growing up in America today, one might formulate an image of a U.S. Senator or Congressman as a dignified statesman, willing to reason and compromise with colleagues from the other side of the aisle in an effort to improve the wellbeing of the country. This is largely due to historical representations of the Founders and subsequent important figures learned in elementary and middle school courses, as well as depictions found in various classic movies and television shows. However, upon reaching the age at which newspapers and serious newscasts become interesting to us, we soon realize that these representations are quite false. Indeed, today, the lack of willingness to compromise on any number of important issues has led to unprecedented gridlock with significant negative consequences for the country. While there are many recent examples, the inability of the Senate to pass the Veterans Benefit Bill in 2014 and the Government shutdown of October 2013 are illustrative. The most well known reason for congressional gridlock is the party polarization. Given such significant consequences, efforts should be made to reduce this level of gridlock. While it seems an impossible task, making it so each party is fairly represented, could create compromise that could lessen the amount of gridlock in Congress.
On February third two-thousand fourteen, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 to the…

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