Congress was designed to be a slow and deliberative body with the intention that it provide stability and place the public interest at the center of its decisions. Over time, however, Congress has changed and become a less deliberative body, focusing more on individual members' interests rather than the interests of the nation as a whole.
Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
Handout A: Background Essay
Handout B: Congressional Member’s Staff Chart
Handout C: Political Cartoons
Introductory Essay Founding Principles, Virtues, and Glossary