Bipartisan group offers proposal to end gridlock

AP News
Posted: Jun 24, 2014 11:56 AM

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A national primary day and five-day workweeks for Congress are among dozens of recommendations to reduce gridlock in Washington from a bipartisan group of leaders including former Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, who criticized Congress' polarized atmosphere when she announced she wouldn't run for re-election two years ago.

Snowe is now a co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Commission on Political Reform. On Tuesday in Washington, she helped unveil the group's proposal on reducing gridlock.

The group says a common primary date would boost voter turnout. It also says Congress should spend more time in Washington with three full workweeks followed by one-week recesses.

Other recommendations include a limit on filibusters and encouraging young Americans to choose a year of service, such as the military, public office or volunteer programs.