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Is Congress a 'broken branch'? Contemporary and Historic examples watch

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    I need contemporary and historic examples for each of these points (only have to be brief):

    'Yes' it is a broken branch:

    - Gridlock in congress
    - Lack of bipartisanship/compromise
    - Senate action often frustrated by filibustering or the threat of it
    - Confirmation of presidential appointments often degenerates into partisan point scoring
    - Too many uncompetitive seats pushes parties to ideological extremes
    - Foreign policy checks on the president often ineffective (e.g. declaring war)

    'No' it is not a broken branch:

    - Congress passes 100s of laws each year
    - Strong on constituency representation and looking after 'the folks backhome'
    - Congress alone does not cause gridlock in government
    - Polarisation in Congress is merely reflective of a polarised country
    - Has successfully called presidents and their administrations to account
    - Slowness in Congress is often because of what the Founding Fathers wrote in the Constitution
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    You should be able to find examples for most of these with a simple google and looking through some congressional records

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