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Time for Congressional Republicans to Grow a Spine: New at Reason


Added 01-10-19 02:21:01pm EST - “The legislative branch is failing its basic constitutional duties, out of cowardly fear of a blustery president.” - Reason.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reason.com: “Time for Senate Republicans to Poke the Bear”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), one of two increasingly lonely libertarians in the House of Representatives, had a crazy idea Wednesday morning in the wake of President Trump's unpersuasive prime-time speech about border wall funding and the government shutdown: Have the House and Senate hash out a spending bill, send that bill to the president, and if he vetoes it, they can override, or not.

Not that it will happen anytime soon. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made that clear in an interview with Sean Hannity on Tuesday night, ceding the Senate's legislative function to the erratic executive-brancher he once described as "the world's biggest jackass."

"If we undercut the president," the senator warned, "that's the end of his presidency and the end of our party, and we deserve to be punished."

The combination of an aggressive president and a supine Congress has rendered pathetic many a legislator who were once afforded at least some respect. Graham arguably leads the pack.

"This is the most presidential I have seen President Trump," he told Hannity. "It was compelling and everything he said was true."

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