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Congress Is Failing: So much for checks and balances.

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'The House and Senate have been divided many times. Congress and the presidency are rarely controlled by one party. But the extent to which this Congress is already proving itself worthless as a legislative body and as a check against the president is historic.Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) ― one of the lonely and loudest voices in Congress calling on members to reassert their institutional authority on  declarations of war and military force ― said the Trump administration is flouting congressional prerogatives at levels not seen before.Kaine cited recent reports  that Trump’s Department of Energy kept secret numerous authorizations allowing U.S. nuclear energy companies to share sensitive technological information with Saudi Arabia from both the public and congressional committees that have jurisdiction over nuclear proliferation and safety.'

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""This is not Congress against the president," Ornstein told HuffPost. "If it were, I would be confident it would be resolved appropriately. But every Republican in the House and Senate are siding with the corrupt, lying autocrats in the administration. It is Democrats against the president and the Republican Senate, with a stacked judiciary adding to the problem."

"Take, for example, the Senate shedding its longstanding rules to favor Trump. The chamber's advice and consent role under the Constitution " as well as the filibuster " was a way for the chamber to hoard power as an institution. If a president wanted someone confirmed, they'd have to make sure that person was exceptionally qualified and amenable to at least some members of both parties."

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