'To gut' implies that Congress is actually a viable entity currently. Near as I can gather it has become in effect and practice a corporate fundraising/shilling venue with some fairly good PR that manages to apply some democratic veneer to the MDB* farce.
Sadly, Canada is no better. By virtue of a political system designed for the age of horses and telegraphs, we have managed to delegate 100% of government power to a single individual, with a carefully managed and highly focused election process every 4 years.
*MDB= Medium Density Bullshit