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Mr. Roberts says, correctly, that the bill “fundamentally changes the balance of power between two of the branches of U.S. government … .” Indeed, it does. It rebalances power, giving it back to those who are accountable to the American people, and taking it away from unelected bureaucrats.

A deal will be made, and REINS could be what the sequestrtion was before it — the stealth sweetener that makes the suffering worthwhile.

Coley Jackson is vice president of external affairs at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (, a free-market policy group in Washington, D.C.