Report: Congress speaks at 10th-grade level

    Your Congress members are speaking, on average, at the 10th-grade level.

    That’s according to a Sunlight Foundation report the Morning Call cited yesterday.

    The news is a mixed bag.
    Back in 2005, Congress was speaking at an 11th grade level, so the average discourse level has gone down.

    Things aren’t too shabby in Pennsylvania, though. The report found U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach to have the best diction among his peers. His college-sophomore speaking has him ranked third in all of Congress for sounding like he knows what the heck he’s talking about.

    The report is based on the Flesch-Kincaid scale and measured legislators’ floor speeches.

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