The Congress: Business Almost as Usual

In the words of one of its leading members, Missouri Democrat Richard Boiling, the House of Representatives is "ineffective . . . negative ... Its procedures, time-consuming and unwieldy, mask anonymous centers of irresponsible power. Its legislation is often a travesty of what the national welfare requires." Last week, facing an opportunity to alter that image, the House left it largely intact.

In a bill valued more for nomenclature than substance (it was misnamed the Legislative Reorganization Act), the House carefully nurtured the appearance of reform while indulging in it only slightly. Before voting, members carefully gutted key provisions, then...

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