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Requirement to expand America's capacity to govern

At a time when Republicans want to shrink government, they are failing to come to grips with the scope and scale of the demand for more government. “More government” doesn’t necessarily mean expanding government services as much as it means having members of the House and Senate having the capacity to address essential topics and to give them required diligence in processing, prioritizing, and attending them with action, or inaction. First, there is a sincere question about the qualifications for office. American voters need superior candidates with the best skill, knowledge, experience, and proficiency to address our considerable needs. Those needed are found among the vast government departments and agencies. They are the needs that reside among American voters for a sustainable economy with upward mobility.

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici want to throw government reports away
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On a different but possibly related subject, there is a gender gap in government representation. The House and Senate are largely ruled by men. That is not being representative of the population and that almost 50:50 male and female. So, what might be proposed is to double the number of House and Senate members such that there are male and female positions. Doing that will at least double the brain power for attending our considerable needs that include actually reading government directed reports.

You see, the reason for reports is to inform Congress about issues. If they are not reading them because they don’t have time, that presumes that reports are unnecessary. That may be a false conclusion. A better assessment is to conclude that there need to be more, not fewer members of Congress, and that by adding the condition equal gender representation, we can assure the possibility of not only greater capacity by higher quality capacity as well.

A Democrat Congresswoman proposes to throw the reports away. She should be on a list to be voted from office.

“Bill proposes cutting agency reports, which are swamping Congress

By David A. Fahrenthold, Tuesday, May 13, 10:01 AM

A House Democrat has introduced a bill to fix a problem that Congress itself created — an expensive pileup of written reports from federal agencies, many of them unnecessary and unread.

The solution: Every five years, get rid of almost all the reports and start over.

That plan is outlined in a measure that Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) wrote after reading an article in Sunday’s Washington Post.

The Post story described how Congress began requiring executive-branch agencies to send in written memos about their activities. The problem was that, over the decades, Congress asked for far more reports than lawmakers had time to read. Today, Congress is officially expecting about 4,291 reports, from 466 agencies and nonprofits.”

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