Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The Need for Bipartisanship in Congress

Senators Corker (R-TN) and Warner (D-VA) on Bipartisanship

Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) talked about the importance of and need for bipartisanship in Congress.

Description

Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) talked about the importance of and need for bipartisanship in Congress.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What does Senator Corker describe as the benefits of bipartisanship in Congress?
  • What reasons does Senator Warner give for the need for bipartisanship?
  • How does the US system of government require "forced compromise" in making laws?
  • What problems does the lack of bipartisanship cause in our specific system of government?
  • How are parliamentary systems better equipped to avoid gridlock?

Additional Resources

  • Lesson Plan: Congressional Collegiality

    Description An exploration of a variety of the activities and traditions promoting collegiality and bipartisanship among members of Congress.

  • Lesson Plan: Political Polarization

    This lesson looks at the contributing factors for this political polarization such as media consumption, demographic changes, levels of economic inequality and geography. It also has student analyze the impacts of this polarization in their own lives.

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Bipartisanship
    • Checks And Balances
    • Committee
    • Compromise
    • Gridlock
    • Legislation
    • Parliamentary Democracy
    • Political Party

    Topics

    Legislative BranchPolitical Parties

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity