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Notable & Quotable: The effectiveness of the U.S. Senate (or lack thereof)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks with reporters following a GOP strategy session at the Capitol in Washington, Dec. 11, 2012. From left to right are Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., McConnell, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. Credit: AP

Reason's Matt Welch manages to perfectly characterize the efficiency of the U.S. Senate in this single depressing paragraph:

Good morning, misgoverned nation! You will be utterly unsurprised to learn that the same United States Senate thathasn't passed a (legally required) budget resolution since 2009, that legislates via perpetual self-made crises and lards nearly all laws with brazenly fictitious sunset provisions and distant spending cuts, has managed to fit into its busy schedule of anti-gun press conferences and drunk-driving arrests an "unusual special session" to reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 before the law turns into a pumpkin on Jan. 1.

Oh, good.  The Senate is at least working on... something.  Too bad that "something" enables the federal government to "spy on U.S. citizens without a warrant, without probable cause, and without even informing the allegedly relevant oversight bodies in Congress as to the number of Americans being spied on."

You know, maybe an "efficient" legislature isn't all it's cracked up to be...

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