The Broken Branch


109th Congress Failed America. How to Get It Back on Track

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Thomas E. Mann (Wikipedia)

Thomas E. Mann

The Brookings Institution

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Norman J. Ornstein (Wikipedia)

Norman J. Ornstein

American Enterprise Institute 

The Broken Branch

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Nancy Pelosi, Said...

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United States Congress

 

Even before the Mark Foley scandal broke, the 109th Congress was suffering from intense partisanship, legislative impasses and near-record-low public approval ratings. Incumbents are scrambling for reelection in the Nov. 7 general election, in which the Republican majorities in both houses are at risk. Regardless of the outcome, few lawmakers expect to rack up enough triumphs in the Nov. 13 lame-duck session to send the 109th Congress into the history books with high marks.
Two of the most knowledgeable congressional scholars are Thomas E. Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman J. Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute. Their new book is "The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track." They recently answered questions about their findings and views.