Former president George W. Bush says that House Republicans should “keep expectations low” as they prepare for the majority.
In a meeting with reporters this morning in Washington, Bush advised GOP leaders to consult with newly-elected members about the limits of legislative power. “I would hope that leaders explain to them that [congressional] power is limited and that you need to explain to your constituents what reality is.”
“Congress does not set agendas,” Bush says. “Congress can articulate, but it doesn’t set [agendas] — the legislative body is basically reactive, and it’s risk averse.”
“There will be some victorious votes on the House floor; I’m sure Boehner will be able to get some things done,” Bush says. “The question is whether it will become law.”