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Capitol Perspectives: The Senate Saucer

by Phill Brooks

George Washington once described the purpose of the Senate as being like a saucer in which you pour coffee or tea to cool it. “We pour legislation into the senatorial saucer to cool it,” he is quoted as telling Thomas Jefferson. The idea was that longer terms for senators along with statewide districts would lead to a more deliberative process than in the House. It would cool

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