Rob Hoppin on Politico's "The Arena" on the "broken" Senate

Rob contends that the Senate "is designed to encourage thoughtful and often passionate debate, the hard and necessary work of consensus building, and a culture of civility and respect among its members" and that's exactly what the American people want from their leaders right now.

"The Senate has altered its rules and procedures many times over the course of its history. But if the Senate were to remove the checks and balances that make it a distinct legislative body, why then even have a Senate? Especially important during times of single party government, the Senate is the institution designed to encourage thoughtful and often passionate debate, the hard and necessary work of consensus building, and a culture of civility and respect among its members. In other words, it encourages our elected leaders to govern in the manner that the vast majority of Americans want them to govern right now. The country is sharply divided, as it has been too often in recent years. Some may see the Senate as the problem. But perhaps if we look closer, we instead might find some answers."

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