Ex-Senators: Congress Remains Stuck

Lott said long congressional recesses and weekends out of Washington have harmed the interpersonal relationships that can sometimes help resolve tough issues.

Breaux agreed, saying, “It’s difficult to stab someone in the back in the morning when you had dinner with them the night before.”

Other causes of a lack of accomplishment in Congress, Breaux said, are gerrymandering that creates safe seats for candidates and negative campaigns that can discourage some good candidates from running at all.

Lott added campaign demands have turned an elected official’s life into “round-the-clock” fundraising. He said, “The money chase has really gotten out of hand.”