Simplify Congress now

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On Feb. 10, Fox News reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had “pigeonholed” a huge number of bills passed by the House of Representatives, and refused to bring them to the floor of the Senate for a vote.

I suspect that Speaker of the House John Boehner has done the same for a large number of Senate-passed bills.

That makes those leaders the most powerful politicians in the country, because the media-controlled public doesn’t know what all the bills are or how we might be affected by them.

In both cases, I’m sure the leaders have their reasons for refusing to bring the bills to the floor for a vote. Most reasons, I assume, are because their political parties don’t have enough votes (even with bipartisan support) to pass or kill the bill. And, looming on the horizon, is the possibility that President Obama will veto any action that doesn’t suit his fancy or be of benefit to the Democratic Party.

I feel confident our Founders never intended that the leaders of both chambers should have that kind of authority – to make the decisions themselves on matters that may have serious effect on all Americans. That brings forth the question: Are there any rules or timetables for action by the Senate or House?

We need rules to discontinue this current situation. I suggest 60 days would be an adequate time for members to read a bill; make a decision based on the effect on the district or state and the citizens they represent; and vote yea or nay.

Our congressional system has become way too complicated. It needs to be simplified so it can work efficiently. The power of the two leaders to pigeonhole bills (sometimes forever) should be taken away.

We elect senators and representatives to look after our best interests. I say to them: Do your job, 60 days yea or nay.

Bob Davison

North Augusta, S.C.

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deestafford
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deestafford 03/07/14 - 01:51 am
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I can see Mr. Davison's desire for efficiency by Congress...

I can see Mr. Davison's desire for efficiency by Congress; however, there are times when gridlock maybe the best thing for our country. We saw what happened when one party, the left, had control of both houses when Obama was in his first term and we got Obamacare and Dodd-Frank among other socialistic laws.

I agree we have got away from the way the Founders designed the running of the government but a smooth, well oiled, agreeable, efficient process was not one they had in mind. They wanted the process to be cumbersome so that government could not easily pass laws and run roughshod over the populace as it is now doing.

The leaders are holding up legislation because of the diametrically opposed points of philosophy of what the country should be like. One, Harry Reid, wants a socialistic Western European leftist style of government as pushed by his president. While the Republicans, especially the TEA party, want a smaller government with less taxes and more individual responsibility.( It's a shame the Republican establishment including the Speaker, is not strongly in favor of the TEA party's philosophy.)

I'm sort of glad things are messed up now because I'd hate to see the Pelosis and the Reids back in the drivers seats. Hopefully, Reid will be pushed to the back of the bus in November and at least the legislative branch will be able to perform its mission.

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myfather15 03/07/14 - 07:19 am
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"I feel confident our

"I feel confident our Founders never intended that the leaders of both chambers should have that kind of authority"

You are absolutely correct!! But, SOME founders actually did want that type of power given unto them. But people like Patrick Henry made SURE they didn't get that power!! He was ready to take up arms against his own people, because they wanted to pass a constitution that didn't have the Bill of Rights in it!!

Nothing new is under the sun!! People have been people forever; and people are basically the same, through every generation! We have those who LOVE power, influence, relevance, etc. They've always wanted more and more power!! Then we have those that actually look out for the PEOPLE!!

It just seems like today, we are getting more and more of the power grabbers and few IF ANY, of the ones looking out for us!!

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carcraft 03/07/14 - 08:15 am
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Deestafford, you forgot the

Deestafford, you forgot the $1 trillion dollar porkulus bill called aI sm stimulus package that did NOTHING, cash for clunkers, another waste of money and screwed up to used car industry. I remember trying to help a friend buy a small used pickup. They were very expensive and hard to find. I went to Pull A Part during that time and watched the destruction of hundreds of good vehicles. I am thank full we have gridock!

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deestafford 03/07/14 - 08:47 am
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Carcraft, You are right. The cash for clunkers was ...

"Di Fi" of CA idea. It was a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences at work. That law is proven more by Congress than any other locale in the world.

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Dixieman 03/07/14 - 10:59 am
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I can't figure out

why Congress is judged to be "productive" by the number of laws it enacts. I think a better measure would be the number of laws and regulations it repeals in a given period. We have far too many already. Let's adopt this new standard.

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dichotomy 03/07/14 - 11:29 am
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"I feel confident our

"I feel confident our Founders never intended that the leaders of both chambers should have that kind of authority – to make the decisions themselves on matters that may have serious effect on all Americans."

I am sure you are right Mr. Davison. Neither did they intend that the President, or federal agencies could make laws, and alter or selectively enforce laws passed by the Congress and signed into law either through Executive Orders or agency rules. The also did not intend for the SCOTUS to re-write, or re-word a bad law in order to find it constitutional for political or legacy concerns.

The system no longer works. The system has not changed....the American people have changed. They no longer demand that the politicians and the courts follow the intent of the Constitution. You can give the people the most free, most prosperous nation in the world under a relatively clear, common sense founding document but when the people become lazy and greedy, or radical and close minded, and lose sight of that founding document they will forfeit everything to decay and mediocrity or worse. We are there. We have nitpicked, twisted, technicalitied, and perverted the Constitution until the current interpretation is no longer recognizable as the founding document of this nation.....especially our founders intent to limit the powers of the federal government. This nation has seen it's peak and is now in the process of decay and decline. We have become just another socialist state printing worthless money and hoping nobody notices while our government encourages us to fight each other for the remnants of our limited resources so it can consume them buying votes to stay in power. Stick a fork in us....we're done.

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deestafford 03/07/14 - 12:10 pm
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dichotomy and some others have pointed out a good...

dicotohomy and some others have pointed out a good example of what is one of the biggest wrongs with the country---unaccountable federal agencies.

Federal agencies got the deep talons into our society back during FDR's reign. Initially, the SCOTUS shot down his federal agencies and their intrusion on the populace and then he threaten to pack the court and frightened the justices and they then became a rubber stamp for his programs.

Since, then the federal agencies have run amok and Congress is powerless to coral them under current law. Read Mark Levin's book, The Liberty Amendments, as to what he has to say about how the agencies have run away from their intended purposes and his solutions for bringing them under control.

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mooseye 03/07/14 - 04:48 pm
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??What

would happen if we didn't vote for any of them? It is our fault!

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