Each side of the aisle in Congress are grumbling that President Trump isn’t leaping in to by some means settle the standoff that produced the federal government shutdown. However this can be a likelihood for lawmakers to get previous their habit to posturing and blame-gaming — and again to actual legislating.
The easy fact is that Congress has grow to be by far probably the most dysfunctional department of the federal authorities. It has spent a long time dodging accountability by (amongst different issues) ceding energy and authority to the manager and judicial branches. Left and proper, members posture to their bases, assured their voters will at all times blame the opposite aspect. (Most “centrists” aren’t any higher; they simply posture for a special viewers.)
Sure, you possibly can blame Democrats for this shutdown, since they’re refusing to fund the federal government even briefly with out motion on the Dreamers — motion that requires arduous work compromising on immigration points which have defied compromise for many years now.
Or you possibly can blame Republicans: Nevertheless skinny their majorities, it’s their job to search out the votes to go a spending invoice. So what if it’s a nightmare to get the Democratic votes they want within the Senate whereas nonetheless having the ability to go the identical measure within the Home?
However the backside line is that Congress hasn’t been doing its work via common order for years now, whichever get together was in management. All the things has been “must-pass”-omnibus this and kick-the-can that, even with presidents digging in to spherical up the final votes.
At any time when they work out this deadlock, it’d be good for each member of each the Home and Senate to step again, study their consciences — and begin determining easy methods to do a greater job serving the America folks.