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

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therealdh
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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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umbrellala
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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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