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Your Turn: Who Does Congress Really Serve?

by Countable | 12.18.17

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have penned an op-ed for the New York Times asking "Who Is Congress Really Serving?"

"Over the past year, Republicans have made their priorities clear," the two senators write.

"Their effort to repeal Obamacare would have left tens of millions of people without health insurance. Now Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, wants to ram through an enormous tax giveaway to the wealthy before seating Doug Jones, Alabama’s newly elected Democratic senator."

Congress is preparing to vote on the GOP tax plan—even though, as fivethirtyeight.com noted, "this tax bill remains historically unpopular. According to an average of nine surveys taken this month, 33 percent of Americans are in favor of it, and 52 percent are opposed."

With a government funding deadline on Friday, Warren and Sanders say Congress – especially Republicans – face a choice:

"Will they spend this week just trying to deliver partisan tax breaks for the rich? Or will they work with Democrats to pass a budget that supports working people?"

What Should Congress Focus On?

Warren and Sanders urge Congress to use this week’s funding bill to address social programs that affect working-class families, including:

Warren and Sanders conclude their op-ed:

"The task in front of Congress over the coming week boils down to a basic question: Does Washington work for all of us or just for those at the top? Congress has a chance, right now, to take steps that will make life a bit better for millions of working people immediately and in the years to come. We should seize it."

They asked the question—now it’s Your Turn to answer it. Do you feel Congress is serving you? Should the GOP-led Congress focus on the issues Sanders and Warren mentioned? Or are you glad they’re focusing on cutting taxes? Share your thoughts below, and make sure to also share your comments with Congress by hitting Take Action.

—Josh Herman

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  • Mark
    12/18/2017
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    Congress answers only to the wealthiest Americans because of our rigged wealthy skewed political finance system that both political parties created by participating in using Super Pac’s, which translates when it comes to the role of government, favoring Wall Street and corporate America’s profits over the wallets and human needs of the working class majority of this country! Many of the same Wall Street banks and Corporations are funding both political parties! We need a political representation of government system where a minimum wage earner has equal access to being elected to government as a billionaire does! Not only does corporate America profit by influencing and controlling the government they also profit by selling the plethora of misleading political advertising. A level playing field where only votes determines who wins is the fairest way forward. Time for a truly equal public financed system!

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  • Kimberly
    12/18/2017
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    I used to believe that Congress served its constituents. It’s what I was taught in school and what I learned from my parents. Over time, I came to understand that Congress cares more about who donates the most money to them and not who actually elected them. I have lost all faith in any sense of a true democracy in America. Too many times the will of the people has been shunted to the side while big business and banks have been rewarded despite violating laws. I don’t believe Congressmen and Congresswomen even remember any more that they should be serving us.

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  • Sara
    12/18/2017
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    The fact that this is even a question gives us the answer.

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  • Pegls1
    12/18/2017
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    Having had nothing BUT GOP representation for the majority of my lifetime I can tell you that they do not work for the little guy. Ever. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times that they actually did something that I can agree would benefit the majority of people in this district. Government to them is either their whole career or just a stepping stone to a better paying lobbying job. None have seen fit to do the job they were sent to do. Meh.

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  • Robert
    12/18/2017
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    One thing never changes whether we have Democrats or Republicans in the majority. The wealthy stay wealthy and the poor stay poor. They might have different methods but the end result is still the same.

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  • Donna
    12/18/2017
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    This congress is definitely not serving the majority of Americans, or even pretending any attempt to do so. They have hijacked our democratic processes in both houses, failed to live up to their oath of office to defend the Constitution and the institutions meant to support it, ignored the wishes of their electorate and aided an authoritarian-leaning president through their silence and lack of action. Of all the Congresses I have followed in my adult life, this one is by far the worst of the group. There are no profiles in courage as in the days of Watergate. There is no moral leadership. There is no pretense of bipartisanship. There is no shortage of hypocrisy. There is no statesmanship. There is, however, an overabundance of blame, finger-pointing and indignation not worthy of the office they hold. They flood the airwaves with misinformation, propaganda and outright lies. They have managed to kidnap our elections through gerrymandering to insure they will not be challenged and believe there are no consequences for the actions they take or fail to take. They are serving only two things - their donors and their own wallets. Their constituents come in a very distant third, at best.

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  • IllWill
    12/18/2017
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    Who does Congress serve? That’s easy. The wealthy donor class. The corporations and the rich control our politics in Washington. That’s why this incredibly unpopular tax bill is being pushed through Congress. This is happening because it doesn’t matter what ordinary Americans think, the only thing that matters is what do the rich think. If we are ever going to change this system, we need public financing of elections!

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  • Jan
    12/18/2017
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    Congress needs to remember that they serve "we the people..." not lobbyists, not the wealthy, not themselves "WE THE PEOPLE!" and we need to remember that we put them in Congress to serve us. Now we need to ACT LIKE A BOSS and fire them all.

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  • Marylynn
    12/19/2017
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    Congress is self serving, then it's the corporations. The average American, they're constituents are and always be at the bottom of their list. It's time to drain the swamp and since the Liar in Chief isn't doing it, it's up to us to vote them out of office next year and in 2020.... "We the people" have the power to make our government better...

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  • Meganne
    12/18/2017
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    Congress is only there to serve their top donors. They couldn’t care less about America and what is good for the country.

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  • Abby
    12/19/2017
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    Passing this tax scam is like saying fuck you to the 52% of us who are railing against it. Pass it and we will remember come election time. Obviously all you Republicans are ready to retire. Time for new blood!

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  • M
    12/19/2017
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    The GOP party members in Congress serves themselves and the special interests of their deep pocket donors.

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  • Dara
    12/19/2017
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    Congress answers to wealthy donors. This could be avoided by allowing only publicly funded campaigns. It is unacceptable that corporations give unlimited funds and buy elected officials votes. One man one vote, should be translated into one candidate one dollar and limit it toONE dollar per person.

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  • Michael777
    12/18/2017
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    Their big-money donors, of course!

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  • Anthony
    12/19/2017
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    Not the people. Corporations, special interests, lobbyists but not the people.

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  • Sheryl
    12/18/2017
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    The problem with congress currently is that it only serves the most extreme left and right. Middle class workers are being robbed by BOTH parties and have no true representation. We need a Labor Party.

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  • Gerald
    12/19/2017
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    They are the oldest profession in the world and they serve or service their clients well. It is amazing what you can get for donations, and recently the corporations got a 1.5 trillion dollar orgasm from them. Of course they serve us as well and we get plenty of entertainment learning tax dollars paid for sexual harassment settlements and seeing them throw a snowball in congress to refute global climate change. Yes, they are quite skilled in their profession but I hope we can go back to professional legislators after 2018 and get rid of these whores.

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  • Michael.J.L
    12/19/2017
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    Not ALL of the American people that's for sure (the keyword here is ALL).

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  • Mary
    12/19/2017
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    They are in it for themselves. The only time they can agree about anything, is when they vote to get a raise or better benefits for themselves. The all need to go !!! Term limits for all politicians, PERIOD!!!!

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  • Matthew
    12/18/2017
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    The donor class has completed its take over of American democracy. The oligarchy needs ending via a constitutional amendment barring private financing of elections. Get the money out of politics.

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