Political Science Discussion 5 – Congress

Please choose one of the following questions and react to it briefly in the discussion boards.

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Discussion question options:

  • In recent years people have proposed term limits for Congressional representatives— limiting Senators to two 6 year terms and members of the House of Representatives to 4 2 year terms. Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not?
  • The 17th Amendment was ratified in 1913, making the Senate directly elected by the people of each state. Consider how this changed the incentives of Senators — do you think this change had positive or negative implications for the Senate? Why?
  • The filibuster makes it (usually) necessary to obtain a 60-vote supermajority to get legislation passed in the Senate. Should the filibuster be done away with? If so, why? If you argue we should keep it, why?

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