This is a speech for a US Representative running for Senate. Includes problems that Congress has and 3 proposals to fix it.

2096 WordsDec 23, 20059 Pages
First off I want to say that I am very happy to see all of you here. I am going to use this time to announce my candidacy for Senate. After much deliberation I have decided to leave the House of Representatives after my three terms and run for a position in the United States Senate. I believe that I am the right candidate for this position for several reasons. First of all, I was in the House for six years, because of this I understand how the institution is run from the inside, and I understand the problems of the Senate. I believe that this is a very important aspect when running for the Senate. Second I realize that Congress has some fundamental problems, that come from individual goals as well as institutional goals, and I want to take…show more content…
As you can see from these examples though this problem is not just unique to Congress. It can also be seen in the "state legislatures of the colonial era, and in the British House of Commons of the sixteenth and twentieth centuries" I believe that there are ways to make Congress better by solving these problems. Three proposals that I believe will help alleviate the problems we are having with Congress is campaign finance reform, more deliberation in Congress and public education of issues. Campaign finance reform is probably one proposal that you might be familiar with and it is my belief that implementing this will help improve Congress as an institution. There are several areas of this proposal that I find important. These issues include the elimination of soft money, raising the limits on party contributions, and encouraging more participation of the public in campaigns. Soft money is not being used for the same reasons as it was originally meant to be. What originally started out to help grassroots party activities has turned into a cover for the contribution of political parties to donate large sums of money, which can be used as a way to influence the vote of certain government officials. In 1998 the Republic Congressional Campaign Committee held a dinner that raised 10 million dollars and since 1995 Democratic Party committees have been receiving over 1 million dollars

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