Members of Congress talk like 15-year-olds

Members Of Congress Speak Like High School Sophomores, Sunlight Foundation Report Says
The Huffington Post | By Amanda Terkel Posted: 05/21/2012 10:07 am Updated: 05/21/2012 11:10 am

The sophistication of federal lawmakers’ speech patterns is on the decline, with members of Congress now talking, on average, at the level of high school sophomores. According to a new report by the Sunlight Foundation, Congress has fallen by almost a full grade-level since 2005.

The members speaking at the lowest grade levels tend to be freshmen Republicans.

As NPR noted on Monday, “Of the 10 members speaking at the lowest grade level, all but two are freshmen, and every one is a Republican.” That measurement is for all speeches since 1996.

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