David Cicilline: Time for dysfunctional Congress to act

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Friday, January 24, 2014

The evidence of dysfunction in Congress is overwhelming. Bitter partisan disagreements on major issues and deep divisions about many of the challenges facing our country have made Congress the most unproductive in history. There is no question, Washington is completely broken and folks know it. But how do we fix it?

Reforming the campaign finance system to eliminate big money from our elections and replace it with a citizen-driven financing model and amending our Constitution to reverse Citizens United so corporations cannot secretly spend unlimited amounts of money to influence our elections through speech, are, at least, part of the answer. We also need to change the system for drawing congressional district lines and undertake serious efforts to reduce the power and influence of special-interest lobbyists in Washington, including banning members of Congress from becoming lobbyists after ending their service in Congress.

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