Public Check on Congress

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The Public Check on Congress is a proposed constitutional amendment so that the American public can hold members of Congress jointly responsible for their collective performance.

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The Public Check on Congress is a proposed constitutional amendment that would establish a new accountability mechanism by which the American public could hold members of Congress jointly responsible for their collective performance. A referendum/recall vote procedure, at constitutionally established intervals (e.g., 6 or 10 years) is one way such a mechanism might be formulated. Benefits would include a new, strong congressional incentive for compromise on national issues; reduced polarization in Congress (since demonization and blame gamesmanship become lose-lose tactics); a new incentive for Congress to adopt a longer term more strategic outlook in keeping with the longer PCC voting cycle; and the formation of a new positive bond between Congress and the public, helping to restore Congress to first-branch status.

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