Actually no, they are supposed to be co-equal branches & Congress writes the laws, Their purpose is not to slow down Government. Article I of the Constitution states "all legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives. Congress passes Bills, the President signs them into law or vetoes the bill.
Yup, great answer.
Ummm you know that a bill has to pass in both the house & the senate don't you? Take Immigration reform for example It has passed in the Senate & will not even be bought to the floor for a vote by John Boehner, speaker of the house. Actually, I say they control the Supreme Court also.
The entire government is messed up, and those like yourself who ONLY see your side, attributes to what you are complaining about. You only want the other side to capitulate to your. An honest look at all of government and you will see it fails completely, and that includes completely!
This president has bent over backwards to compromise with Republicans. Please do some research. This is the party that, like I said, wanted to reinstate pay as you go & when the president said okay let's do that they said no we changed our minds. Please give me some examples of Republicans compromising since the Tea Party started became the tail that wags the dog.