The U.S Congress is a legislative body which is bicameral in nature of the federal government in the United States whereby it consists of two main houses. The two houses which form up the United States Congress include the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. The senators and the representatives are always chosen through elections by the people whom they represent. The Congress represents the people of the United States and with this comes the public expectations which people have about the Congress. The expectations of the public are more based on how the Congress is seen and viewed by the public and there are various differences which arise from the various views which the public have hence creating difference in the expectations of the public.
Visions of the United States Congress
Every institution in the United States has got its visions of what it wants to achieve and how it wants to meet the expectations of the public in the long run. An institution cannot be able to operate without having visions which it wants to pursue and the interests which it has to satisfy (Rushefsky, 2013). The United States Congress as a respected institution in the US has various visions which it wants to accomplish and which outline how it wants to meet the needs and the expectations of the public. The visions which the United States Congress have may not be similar or in line with the expectations which the public have about the institution (Smith, Roberts, & Vander, 2007).
The expectations of the public tend to vary due to various reasons which then will mean that they may have different views about the visions which the Congress has. The public is always divided in terms of political ideologies and thoughts which makes it quite difficult for the public to have similar views about the visions which the Congress may have (Rushefsky, 2013). Furthermore, the differences in the areas of residence and the needs of the public vary from one region to another and this may result in the public having different expectations about the Congress and also have different views about the visions which the Congress wants to accomplish (Smith, Roberts, & Vander, 2007). The three competing visions which the United States Congress has include the following:
To provide representation of policies concerns for the various districts that they represent in the Congress.
To provide quality services and promoting equity or equality to the groups and individuals in their area of representation or districts and last but not least.
To pursue policies and various projects which benefit their districts and the nation at large as well as conduct themselves in such a way that they are able to earn and maintain public trust and respect.
Representation for policy concerns
The Congress as earlier mentioned is made up of the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. The two houses give representation to the people of the United States and the main vision that the members have is to provide representations for the policy concerns of the various districts which they represent (Rushefsky, 2013). Each district in the United States has got different policy needs which must be represented in the Congress by the senators and the congressmen whom they have chosen. This is one vision that the congress always tries to achieve through the formulation of policies and debating of those policies to ensure that the policies are full representation of very district in the United States (Gagain, 2012). Making policies is one of the major and main roles that the congress plays as an institution in the United States and therefore, the policies which are formulated must always be in accordance to the needs of each district that is represented in the congress (Smith, Roberts, & Vander, 2007).
It is the role of the congress to ensure that there is no district which feels left out or even denied rights through the various policies which the congress formulates. The public expectation about this vision of the congress of formulating policies which are favorable and effective in all districts is that the congress has been able to play their part as far as the vision of formulating the best policies (Crandall, & Leader to Leader Institute, 2007).The public expectation regarding this has been met and most of the people in the United States are satisfied with the policy formulation of the congress. This is because the policies which the congress has been able to formulate have been in the best interest of the public and hence the view of the public on the congress regarding this role has been positive across the United States.
Providing quality services and promoting equity/equality
The United States congress is tasked with the role and the responsibility of ensuring there is provision of the necessary and relevant services to the various districts in the United States (Smith, Roberts, & Vander, 2007). Every district has got some unique services requirements and that is why each district is represented in the congress hopes that the representatives can look after the interests of their respective districts (Gagain, 2012). The congress plays the role of ensuring that each district gets the quality services which it requires through the formulation of policies which deal with the distribution of resources and services to the districts (Rushefsky, 2013). The United States congress has been able to achieve this vision of providing quality services to the people who are represented in the congress. The view of the public concerning this vision of the congress of equal quality services to all districts in the United States is positive and the public to some extent feels that their expectations of the congress regarding provision of quality services have been met (Herrick, 2003).
The congress vision is to ensure that there is equality in the distribution of resources across the United States and the best way to do this is through the provision of quality services (Gagain, 2012). The vision of the congress is to be the provider of top quality services to the people who are represented in the congress by the senators and the congressmen. As part of this vision of quality service provision, the congress ensures that the policies which they pass must ensure that the end results will enable provision of quality services to the citizens (Rushefsky, 2013). The perception of the public and the expectations regarding this particular vision by the congress of providing quality service is that the congress is really trying its best in ensuring equity in the distribution of quality services to the whole public and in each district across the United States (Tong, Donchin, & Dodds, 2004).
The public feels that the congress is doing their best in ensuring that there are sufficient quality services in the districts which are represented (Smith, Roberts, & Vander, 2007). This vision of providing equality and quality services is a competing vision to that of formulating policies which are favorable to every citizen in the United States. The reason why this is a competing vision is due to the reason that the congress is required to perform its main role of formulating policies and laws and at the same time, they have to ensure that the various laws and policies which they have formulated in accordance with the equality need of the citizens (Rushefsky, 2013).
The congress has to ensure that the policies formulated promote equality across the country and to all the districts which are represented in the congress. Failure to formulate policies which promote equality and equity will mean that the congress has failed in implementing one of the main visions which makes the people of the United States put their trust in the congress (Gagain, 2012). Furthermore, the perception of the public about this particular vision of the congress of ensuring equity and equality among all Americans is that there is no way equity and equality can be protected and encouraged if there are no laws or regulations and policies which stand for the same (Smith, Roberts, & Vander, 2007). This also contributes to the reason that the vision for equity and equality is competitive to that formulation of policies by the congress hence the two must be carried out and achieved together.
Policies and Projects for the districts
The other vision that the congress has is to pursue policies and various projects which benefit their districts and the nation at large as well as conduct themselves in such a way that they are able to earn and maintain public trust and respect (Rushefsky, 2013). The congress is an important governmental body which gives the image of the country and shapes how the country is run in terms of the developments which are implemented (Crandall, & Leader to Leader Institute, 2007). The vision of the congress is to ensure that projects are formulated and implemented in each district according so that the people who live in the various districts can benefit and see the work of the congress (Herrick, 2003). The policies on what projects to implement are formulated by the congress whereby each congressman brings up their project needs and then it is addressed by the congress on how to handle the projects which have been suggested (Tong, Donchin, & Dodds, 2004).
The main function of the congressmen is to represent the interest of the districts and the projects are part of the interest which they must represent. The different districts across the United States have got different project needs which the congress must look into and implement as part of the visions which the congress holds (Rushefsky, 2013). Development projects are important to all the districts and to ensure that the people in the districts enjoy the benefits of the congress, the vision of the congress has been to formulate policies on the best projects to implement so that the people at the district can enjoy the benefits of representation in the congress (Herrick, R. (2003). The congress have been able to implement various projects which have benefitted people across the United States ranging from infrastructure projects, water projects, education projects and other development projects for the regions.
The congress has not only performed the action of policy making to enable the implementation of the projects but also in the control and quality assurance and management of the projects through committees which oversee the projects and report back to the congress (Crandall, & Leader to Leader Institute, 2007). This has helped in the management of resources which are available in the district and hence continued improvement in service delivery. The stringent policies on the use of public resources for the benefit of the public have also greatly contributed in the achievement of this vision by the congress (Smith, Roberts, & Vander, 2007). The perception of the people of the United States in the various districts has been positive considering the kind of development which the congress has been able to implement through the various policies. People have positive perception about this vision of the congress on the implementation of projects at the district level (Herrick, 2003).
The reason for the positive perception as it has been observed is that the congress has been able to help in the fight against corrupt practices which are always associated with project implementations and formulation. The congress has formulated policies and laws which impose severe penalties on anyone who is found misusing public resources which are meant for development (Smith, Roberts, & Vander, 2007). This has helped build the positive perception that the Americans have about the congress and its vision on projects in every district.
The vision of the congress about policy and law making, provision of quality services and promoting equality and equity among American and this one of projects formulation and implementation in all districts are all competing (Smith, Roberts, & Vander, 2007). The best way for the congress to be able to achieve equality and equity among the American people is through the provision of quality services to everyone in all the districts where they come from. This means that the projects that the congress implements have also to be done in equal measure across the country in all the districts (Rushefsky, 2013).
This simply indicates that there is no way the congress can only implement projects without considering their vision of equality and equity in service provision. The projects are formulated and implemented according to the various laws and policies which are made by the congress and during the implementation of the projects; they are done with the consideration of the needs of the districts and in equal measures so that there is no district that feels neglected or left out by the congress (Herrick, 2003). Through the formulation of the best policies, offering of quality services, promoting equality and equity in addition to development projects, the congress has been able to earn the trust of the American people and also command respect in the duties as congressmen.
The United States Congress plays a big role in the country as well as in issues that involve the whole world. Determination and the need to excel has been part of the actions of the congress in achieving the various visions that have been discussed above. The perception of the Americans about the congress has also been a contributing factor in helping the congress to meet the various expectations of the people in their duties. It is a body that should be respected and supported in its services delivery to the people so that all the expectations that the Americans have can always be met.
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