US Government

We Can Repair Fractured Trust in Congress

December 2, 2022  • Congressional Program

Polarization and gridlock have caused Americans’ confidence in government to dwindle. Moreover, they do not believe that their elected officials are responsive to their needs or values. Charlie Dent, executive director of the Congressional Program, served seven terms in the US House of Representatives. He discussed how this decline in trust impacts our nation’s lawmakers. All of us—politicians and constituents—must make space for healthy disagreement to solve societal problems.