Search This Blog

Friday, May 14, 2010

Enlarge the House? Repeal the 17th Amendment?

In Forbes, Bruce Bartlett writes:
Congress' dysfunction is becoming so obvious and overwhelming that radical reforms are necessary. I think a key reason for the dysfunction is that neither the House nor the Senate is constituted the way they were originally designed by the Founding Fathers. Members of the House represent far too many people today and senators no longer represent the states as states.

His proposal: increase the size of the House and repeal the 17th Amendment, which provides for direct election of senators. The first would require only a statute. The second would require a constitutional amendment and would return the election of US senators to state legislatures.

A few weeks ago, also in Forbes, Joshua Spivack argued against such a measure, warning that it would effectively nationalize state legislative elections.