Crisis government: Where is Congress?

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Congress has shown little ability to successfully keep up existing domestic programs in light of new developments and an aging population — let alone confidently chart new paths. The “normal” way the federal government has dealt with most non-urgent problems in the 21st century is to have executive-branch agencies cobble together disparate existing authorities designed for other purposes, leaving Congress to complain after the fact about the awkwardness of these improvisations and the judiciary to determine whether the agency’s behavior was excessively outlandish or arbitrary.Meanwhile, Congress’s activity has become increasingly devoted to two kinds of crisis response…. (Read more)

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