I always understood that the two chambers of the United States Congress control their own rules of procedure. Normally a question of Constitutionality is not involved. This being so, why can’t leaders in the House and Senate change their rules to improve the legislative process? For example, why not make it a rule that no piece of legislation exceed a certain number of pages in length? Why not ensure that any legislation deals with only one area of government — defense, agriculture, etc., and not permit any add-ons. Changes such as these would make their work more transparent and significantly reduce the possibility of excessive waste. It would also greatly increase the public’s respect for Congress, which, according to polls, is extremely low.
I pray that some senators and representatives will take up the torch for this sort of reform.