These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone political institution is widely derided as ineffective, unproductive, irrelevant, and sadly out of touch. It is no coincidence that this comes while Congress has developed a taste for so-called “unorthodox lawmaking,” wandering far outside its traditional procedures. That’s why I would argue that as grim as things seem now, there is a fix for what ails Congress.
Everyone by now undoubtedly has heard of the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Dianne Feinsteins growing rift with the CIA about its hacking into her committee staffers computers. Senator Feinstein obviously is concerned about the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the U.S. Constitution, plus the CIAs obvious interference with congressional oversight regarding Congressbut how about taxpayers constitutional rights. Senator Feinstein is miffed and rightfully so when she says, Besides the Constitutional implications, the CIA search may also have violated the Fourth Amendment, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as Executive Order 12333, which prohibits the CIA from conducting domestic searches or surveillance. Okay, all well and good, but there are other agencies within the federal government that act up and about which Congressional members apparently are not concerned. One particular agency that comes to mind is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Congress …
The point of all this is that Congress is listing, but it can right itself. It may not be able to tackle all of these proposed fixes at once, but each is within its power. Members should quit throwing up their hands and protesting that they can’t do anything about their own institution’s problems. It’s their job to put Congress back in working order and they have the power to do it. Please Read this Article at NaturalBlaze.com
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