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Paul Ryan and the Changing Nature of Congress

Should Mr. Ryan choose to eschew his role in congress in favor of a presidential campaign, it would also be evidence that the institutional power and appeal of the House of Representatives is beginning to wane. Mr. Downey, who is currently a lobbyist reflected, on the changes in congress over the last two decades. “Congress has changed in bad ways because it is now so overwhelmed by the need to raise money. [Today[ the best fundraisers rise to the top. So much time and energy has been taken away from their ability to know one another…spend time in Washington trying to deal with complex problems, understand things.”

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