10 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About The US Congress

The United States Congress is supposed to be making laws that benefit Americans. But as we’re about to find out, that is not always the case. These days, a lot of their bills are only passed to favor large corporations and some influential citizens. It’s little wonder Americans prefer cockroaches to congressmen.

Nevertheless, there are lots of facts you might not know about the US Congress, such as their private subway, their television station, and their fondness for editing Wikipedia. Here are ten surprising facts you didn’t know about the United States Congress.

They’ve Had A Lower Approval Rating Than Cockroaches, Dog Poop, And Zombies

A 2013 survey of 502 registered voters by Public Policy Polling revealed that Americans have a very low opinion of Congress. We mean that Congress actually had lower approval ratings than dog poop, witches, toenail fungus, potholes, hemorrhoids, zombies, mothers-in-law, the IRS, and cockroaches.Humans are wired to hate cockroaches.

The study also revealed that 86 percent of Americans disapproved of whatever congressmen were doing in Congress. Only eight percent approved, and six percent were unsure. That doesn’t mean Congress is that bad. At the very least, they had higher approval ratings than Vladimir Putin, Syria, heroin, and the Ebola virus.

Members Of The Senate Can Give Aimless Speeches To Delay Votes

“Filibuster” is a word you’ll often hear in relation to the US Senate. It is basically an attempt to delay a vote by giving unusually long speeches that are often irrelevant to the bill to being voted upon.

Filibusters happen because the Senate has always worked around the idea that everybody can talk as long as they want. Senators know this and will keep talking to delay the passage of bills.

The record for the longest filibuster in the US Senate is held by Senator Strom Thurmond, who gave a speech that lasted 24 hours and 18 minutes in an unsuccessful attempt to stall the vote for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. He is closely followed by Senator Wayne Morse, who gave a 22-hour, 26-minute speech in 1953.

One of the weirdest filibusters was delivered by Senator Huey P. Long in 1935. He was attempting to stall a bill that would have favored some of his political rivals. Senator Long recited Shakespeare plays, oyster recipes, and lines from the US Constitution during his 15-hour, 30-minute speech.

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