What are three weaknesses of the legislative branch?

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There are considerably more than just three weaknesses with the legislative brach of the American system of government, but here are three of them all the same:

  1. The two-party system effectively encourages gridlock. If the Democrats and the Republicans enjoy roughly equal levels of support in the US Congress, then...

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There are considerably more than just three weaknesses with the legislative brach of the American system of government, but here are three of them all the same:

  1. The two-party system effectively encourages gridlock. If the Democrats and the Republicans enjoy roughly equal levels of support in the US Congress, then it becomes very difficult to pass legislation without major bipartisan support. And in the current fractured climate, when the two parties are as far apart as ever, that's almost impossible to secure.

  2. Legislation passed by Congress can be overridden by a presidential veto. Although this veto can in turn be overridden by Congress, it requires a two-thirds majority to do so, and this is very difficult to achieve at the best of times. In the current political climate, it's almost impossible.

  3. A lot of legislation, even the really important pieces of legislation, routinely get bogged down in committees. Committees scrutinize legislation as it's going through Congress, and they have extensive powers of amendment. This often means that, by the time a Congressional bill has passed into law, it bears little or no resemblance to the original proposal.

During the committee stages, members of Congress and Senators will often insert clauses in proposed legislation to benefit special interest groups. It is this process which gives the impression that the US Congress is insufficiently responsive to the needs of the American people.

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