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Ben Sasse: 'Congress is Broken'

Ben Sasse: 'Congress is Broken'

By    |   Friday, 07 September 2018 01:18 PM

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., critical of his fellow lawmakers, said Congress is a "broken institution."

His comments came during a Friday interview on Fox News’ "America’s Newsroom."

Sasse in a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has conducted hearings this week on President Donald Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.

"The Senate is a broken institution," he said. "The Congress is a broken institution. We don’t deliberate about long-term things."

He mentioned the media has a role to help "narrate what’s happening in American life. But he said: "Senators shouldn't aspire to be pundits all day every day."

"Most people's goals here are short-term popularity and news hits and sort of middle-term re-election," Sasse said. "Very little long-term thinking about what the country needs."

He said data "shows high school kids in America can't pass basic Civics tests."

"They don’t know we have three branches of government," he said. "They think the First Amendment is dangerous because you might use your free speech to hurt somebody else’s feelings. We have a long-term crisis of Civics and public trust in the country. And these hearings this week haven’t made it any better. We have made it worse."

Sasse’s comments came even as Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. called the Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Kavanaugh a "comedy of errors."

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