As partisan gridlock has intensified, Congress has increasingly come under fire for its seeming inability to get things done.

Those concerns have only grown in the last two weeks, as the federal government has gotten poor marks for its response to Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery efforts. And for better or worse, Congress also seems unlikely to respond – at least not much – to growing calls for stronger gun-control laws in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.

What is the state of the gun-control debate in Washington? And what more can the federal government be doing to aid the hurricane-relief effort?

Rep. David Price (D-Chapel Hill) represents North Carolina’s Fourth District in the US House of Representatives. He spoke this week with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.


In addition to pushing for a stronger federal response to Puerto Rico and Las Vegas, Rep. Price has also introduced a bill called the “We The People Democracy Reform Act.” That bill calls for a number of significant election reforms – including nonpartisan redistricting commissions, public campaign financing, greater transparency for political ads run by independent organizations, and automatic voter registration. (Redistricting is already in the news this week: on Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that questions the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering.)