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Press Release
September 27, 2011

National Archives Hosts Panel Discussion on The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get it Back on Track

Washington, DC…On Thursday, October 6, at 7 p.m., the National Archives in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, present a panel discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of Congress, both in modern times and historically, and the current state of our representative democracy as framed by The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get it Back on Track (2006).

The program is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Attendees should enter through the Special Events entrance on 7th and Constitution Ave, NW.

The discussion will be moderated by Steve Scully of C-SPAN. Panelists include Broken Branch authors Thomas E. Mann, the W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, as well as former members of Congress Dennis Hertel (D-MI, 1981–1993), Matt McHugh (D-NY, 1975–1993), and Connie Morella (R-MD, 1987–2003).

The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please email public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured. Fall/Winter museum hours are 10 AM-5:30 PM daily.

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