R Street Institute's Casey Burgat writes:
It is not breaking news that most Americans are pessimistic about Congress. This negativity is reflected in Congress’ dismal 20 percent approval rating and the another equally telling statistic that 79 percent of Americans simply don’t trust the government in Washington to do the right thing on most occasions. Both indicators are at near-historic lows.
Undeniably, Congress earned some of this opprobrium. Not passing budgets, failing to resolve policy controversies (e.g., health care insurance) and generally giving the outward appearance of being in the grips of maniacal hyper-partisanship—our national legislature has looked anything but august.
Nonetheless, there are good things happening on Capitol Hill that merit consideration and wider media attention. Especially encouraging are the signs that Congress is investing in its capacity to get things done and taking action to strengthen itself vis-a-vis the executive branch.
Here are eight pieces of good news about our national legislature we can all celebrate....