Center for American Progress

: Distortion and Dysfunction: Incentives Facing the U.S. Congress
Past Event

Distortion and Dysfunction: Incentives Facing the U.S. Congress

An armchair discussion with Sen. Michael Bennet

Center for American Progress
5:00 - 6:00 PM EDT

Most Americans believe Washington’s priorities no longer reflect their own. Instead, they see powerful special interests driving the national agenda and distorting the public good. Left unchecked, these interests threaten the proper function of representative democracy. Americans demand leadership from Congress to deny these interests from having an undue influence on their government. They deserve a functioning government capable of addressing our nation’s growing challenges.

The event will feature an in-depth discussion with Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), a leader in fighting to reduce the influence of special interests and make our government responsive to the priorities of the American people. He will discuss the range of incentives that distort Congress and feed dysfunction, from the effects of money in our elections to revolving door politics, growing partisanship, and other factors. Sen. Bennet will also share observations about why Congress is broken and the importance of leadership from elected officials and citizens to correct course.

Introductory remarks:
Neera Tanden, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress

A conversation with:
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Moderated by:
Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Center for American Progress

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