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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!