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John Dingell’s plan for America? Let’s abolish the U.S. Senate

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Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press

Published 11:54 AM EST Dec 4, 2018

John Dingell, member of Congress, 15th District, poses for a photo at Hyatt Regency Dearborn Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan, Tuesday, January, 18, 2005.

SYLWIA KAPUSCINSKI, Detroit Free Press

WASHINGTON — Former Rep. John Dingell, who served in Congress longer than anybody ever, has a plan for improving politics immediately: abolish the U.S. Senate.

Writing in a new biography, "The Dean: The Best Seat in the House," Dingell, 92, makes a case for changing the Constitution to get rid of the upper chamber, criticizing the 18th Century idea that the smallest states have the same number of senators as California.

While it may have made sense in the late 1700s that "Rhode Island needed two U.S. senators to protect itself from being bullied by Massachusetts" at a time when there were only 13 states and 4 million Americans, Dingell says, "today in a nation of more than 325 million and 37 additional states, not only is that structure antiquated, it’s downright dangerous." continue reading HERE…

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