Americans aren’t big fans of Congress. According to the latest numbers, three-quarters of the country disapproves of its job performance. Since President Obama took office in 2009, Congress’s highest approval rating has been 37 percent. Recent instances of partisan brinkmanship – the 2011 debt-ceiling debate, the 2012 fiscal-cliff standoff, and the 2013 sequester dispute – have made many citizens disillusioned with the lawmaking process and concerned about the country’s future prosperity.
But wait! There’s hope. Bipartisanship – cooperation, agreement, and compromise between the two major political parties – has always existed in Washington. The creation of Congress itself wouldn’t have happened without the Great Compromise that settled the issue of representation at the 1787 Constitutional Convention.
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