by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
While congressional inactivity can turn out to benefit taxpayers and voters, that inactivity means trouble if it enables a poorly performing president’s worst policies. Hence the terrible record of Harry Reid’s Senate.
That was fast.
Acting on a promise to put the Senate back to work after a lazy 2014 when just 15 assorted amendments were debated in the grand body, the new GOP leadership has pushed through 31 amendment votes in less than three weeks. …
… The return to regular business is a success for the GOP leadership, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who promised an end to the chokehold that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid had on the body last year when he was the majority leader.
The shift has promised much more action in Congress, said Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Whip.
In an address this week to the Republican Ripon Society, he cheered the 24 amendments that had passed by Tuesday as a sign of new House-Senate cooperation.
“One number that’s really interesting is the number 24,” said Scalise on Tuesday. “Yesterday marked 24 different amendments that have been voted on by the Senate. That is more amendment votes than the Senate took in the entire 2014 calendar year. On one bill over the course of three weeks, the Senate has already had more amendments on the floor that have been voted on than all of 2014.”