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Is Congress still able to function?

February 13, 2018

For a decade or more Congress hasn’t worked as its founders intended.

Tomorrow, the entire country will be able  to see it trying to function as it was supposed to do, as the DACA/Wall/immigration issue hits the floor of the Senate and then the House as a supposedly blank slate.

For the first time in some people’s adult lives, they will see what happens when the members actually create legislation, rather than having their hands held.

By opening the process to amendments, Mitch McConnell is essentially calling on senators to take a public position that can be tracked and debated at a later date.

There is always the chance that the President will refuse to sign the resulting work product, assuming that such a thing actually comes to fruition.

That’s the way it is supposed to work.

The Congress, as the legislative branch, produces legislation and the President, as the Executive branch,  decides whether he will sign it, based on whether it accomplishes his stated goals.

The people, for their part, and assuming they still care enough to comment, can affect the outcome by contacting their senators and representatives.

At stake is the fate of 1.8 million ostensibly innocent people, as well as the safety of the remaining 315 million or so legal residents of the country and another 8-10 million people who really shouldn’t be here at all.

Frankly, there probably aren’t 50 people in the entire country who believe Congress can get all that done by March 5, just 20 days from now, since they have squandered most of the six months  originally given them.

Still, it will be interesting to see whether anyone younger than Nancy Pelosi can remember how all this is supposed to work.

Chances are in just a few days you are going to start hearing various members, mostly but not exclusively Democrats, whining that they “don’t know what the President wants.”

Luckily for them, there are a number of televised segments they can refer to, in case they can’t count to four, or have developed early-onset Alzheimer’s.

For the President’s part, he has offered to meet them halfway (some would say a lot more than halfway) on most of the issues.

All that should keep things interesting for the next 20 days, if nothing else.

From → op-ed

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