Make Congress do real re­form

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - JAMES P. KOUT Bowie, Mary­land

“Re­form­ing our bu­reau­cracy should be on Congress’ agenda” (Web, Dec. 3) was a very good po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary piece by John York on re­form­ing the U.S. gov­ern­ment. I would like to add an­other av­enue that such a ref­or­ma­tion ef­fort could travel. In the 1980s the Depart­ment of De­fense ini­ti­ated the Base Re­align­ment and Clo­sure (BRAC) ef­fort. The pres­i­dent named a nine-per­son com­mit­tee known as the BRAC Com­mit­tee. These nine peo­ple met, held hear­ings to get out­side in­put and then sub­mit­ted to the pres­i­dent a list of in­stal­la­tions they thought should be closed or re­aligned.

The pres­i­dent re­viewed the list and if he ap­proved sub­mit­ted it to Congress for their ap­proval or re­jec­tion in 45 days (no line-item ve­toes).

The same could be ini­ti­ated for the U.S. gov­ern­ment. It could be called the Bureacracy Re­align­ment and Clo­sure ef­fort.

It is time to make Congress stand up and put their jobs where there mouths are. We should make them go “on the record” re­gard­ing this sub­ject, on which all have prob­a­bly pur­ported to spend a great deal of ef­fort on their con­stituents’ be­half, but on which few, if any, have done a thing on the the House or Se­nate floor.

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