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If you want to know why passing congressional legislation has gotten so difficult, here are two numbers to remember: 5 and 532. They illustrate a great deal about Congress today.
When I served in the House decades ago and the “farm bill”came up, stitching a successful piece of legislation together depended on getting five organizations to find common ground. They included groups such as the national Farm Bureau and the Farmers Union, and our task was clear: get them to agree on what the bill ought to look like, and we had a measure that could pass.
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