Congressional leadership should get out of the way

There aren’t many people who would argue that Congress is working well these days. It’s been 24 years since it passed a comprehensive budget without resorting to o m n i b u s bills. It can’t pass health-care legislation. Its members talk about the desperate need for a new infrastructure bill, but can’t even get one drafted. It’s unable to produce immigration reform.

It’s facing a host of issues on the environment, education, trade, the concentration of wealth and economic power, war powers and our entanglements abroad. And it can’t find common ground or develop a consensus around solutions to any of them. This goes a long way toward explaining why Congress is held in such low public esteem. It can’t make progress on issues of importance to ordinary citizens.


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