To improve – Congress Needs to look inward

There are a lot of reasons why Congress finds itself hamstrung in Washington and discounted by the people it serves at home. But, in the end, the demons Congress has to fight are its own. If it is to return to relevance, effectiveness, and a higher standing in public opinion, the paths it must follow start on and wind through Capitol Hill.

For starters, Congress has gotten into some terrible legislative habits. The worst is the omnibus bill, which is emblematic of the deeply rooted issues Congress faces. These bills are thousands of pages long, and they bypass pretty much the entire legislative process.

Good process is not about efficiency. It’s about bolstering your chances of getting things right. And, that means handing authority back to individual members and to the committees so that what comes out of Congress can benefit from the creativity and insights of a wide range of talented politicians.

 

 

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