Is the Senate Really Broken? Or is History Repeating Itself?

What is the purpose of the United States Senate?  During a supposed breakfast meeting between founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson was said to have asked why George Washington agreed to the creation of a second, superfluous house of Congress.  Washington himself replied with a question: “why did you just now pour that coffee into your saucer, before drinking?”  Jefferson answered, “to cool it.”  Washington thus answered Jefferson’s query, “even so, we pour our legislation into the senatorial saucer to cool it.”   More than a century later, George Frisbie Hoar described the legislative body in which he served as a place where “the deliberate will, the sober second thought of the people might find expression.”

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