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The Source: Advocating For More, Better Partisanship On Congress' First Day


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The 113th Congress, the one that ended a few weeks ago, was the least productive congress in U.S. history. Fact. 

The 114th Congress, the one that began today, could potentially push the gridlock from the House floor to the Oval Office. As conservative legislation passes expectations of Presidential vetoes abound. 

The hyper-partisan era is often blamed for the fruitless attempts at addressing the country's major issues. It is the most partisan era in the past 20 years, according to the Pew Research Center. Many have argued the factionalism is costing the country dearly.

Others are arguing for not less partisanship, but more, better partisanship

What will get things moving in Washington D.C.? 


  • Russell Muirhead, professor of democracy and politics at Dartmouth College and author of the book "The Promise of Party in a Polarized Age."
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