How a (dollar) bill becomes a law

The US is finally starting to recognise that its bills-for-favours system isn’t just "like bribery" – it is bribery. Reforming the system while keeping the famously independent role of Congresspeople and Senators isn’t a trivial problem, but it’s gotta happen. Americans could benefit hugely if they didn’t have to pay too much for sugar because of the pivotal sugar seats, if they could sidestep the copper-mining interests to abolish pennies, and if they didn’t have to cut back on social spending in order to stuff pork into every other piece of legislation.

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2 Responses to How a (dollar) bill becomes a law

  1. To go by the hard cash that is donated, the amazing thing is how cheap the legislators are. Often sums of nothing more than $6,000 to $10,000 are needed to buy legislation.

  2. Andrew Leigh says:

    Absolutely. A friend of mine has a really nice paper discussing precisely this puzzle.

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