Bipartisan Efforts to Reduce Government Gridlock and Reform Money in Politics
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Political gridlock has doubled since the 1950s, and a recent poll shows public approval of Congress is just 16%--an all-time low for a midterm year. This week, a bipartisan commission made up of former state and federal officials, business and academic leaders is out with more than sixty recommendations for how to fix the political process. The commission calls for holding one national primary, instituting a five-day workweek for Congress and appointing independent redistricting commissions to prevent gerrymandering. But critics say the recommendations don’t go far enough to address serious, campaign finance problems. Guest host Susan Page and a panel discuss new bipartisan efforts to reduce government gridlock and the influence of big donors.
senior fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center and former U.S. Senator (R-Maine)
senior fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; former secretary of agriculture under President Bill Clinton; former Democratic congressman, representing Kansas
professor, Harvard Law School and director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He has founded the Mayday PAC" in support of campaign finance reform.
Republican strategist who served as chief media advisor to President George W. Bush