- The Washington Times - Monday, June 8, 2009


“Congress has it backward” (Perspectives, Thursday), does not go far enough in addressing the massive pieces of legislation that are signed into law but are unread by members of Congress and the president. These documents are written by congressional staffs, not by members of Congress. As a result, the documents reflect not only the beliefs of the staffers’ bosses but — even scarier — the beliefs of the staffers themselves. These staff writers know that no one will pick up on their inserted pieces of law.

For 20 years I dealt with the results of such staff inserts even to the point of staff members saying they got to determine what the government was doing. The bottom line is this: The unelected congressional staffs are making the law. Mr. Butler must go beyond having members of Congress certifying they have read the legislation. We must reign in the staffs.



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