US congress has been ‘dysfunctional for a long time’

A former U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate says the U.S. Congress is dysfunctional. Mike Gravel says the dysfunctionality is something that has been with the American people for a long long time.


In an exclusive interview with Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Monday, Gravel said, "People on election day give their power away, their sovereign power to politicians who tell them what they want to hear."


"So what needs to be done is obviously to devise a method to empower the people so they can set policy."


Gravel concluded that a way to do that was by "enacting the national initiative for democracy which would empower the people to make laws in partnership with their elected officials."