The Kamikaze Congress

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) holds a news conference in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2021. (Chip Somodevilla/Reuters)
This Congress wants to spend money and send a message. That may be all it ever does.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here was another time, not so long ago, when we had a 50–50 Senate. With deaths and special elections, the balance would change slightly, but the new president, George W. Bush, took the electoral result as his reason to move toward the political center, at least on his domestic agenda. He pushed the 107th Congress toward a few items with cross-partisan support: a prescription drug benefit, Medicare Part D; an educational reform agenda called No Child Left Behind; a response to the major accounting scandals, Sarbanes-Oxley; and a tax cut. Fiscal hawks such as Congressman Paul Ryan actually supported Medicare


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