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Thursday, October 4, 2012 Free Press Page 5 GUEST COMMENTARY continued from page 4ing down and smiling at the Republican leadership you to vote for whomever their professionalism, than she does workingis running against the in- the touching memorialThank you to all in- for us! Where are the jobs cumbent and send them a service the Junior ROTC volved again, that she claims she has message. Remember Tom drill did at the planting Dave and Margaret brought into the district? Foley? It's time we start of a blue spruce. We Jones and family We are paying them taking our Congress back know Chuck was look- Medical Lake $175,000 a year, for what? starting with her. Whether you're a Dem- Gerald Goertz Take back Congress in the ocrat or Republican, I urge Medical Lake election, starting with the House Trains in Cheney at night create Withtheupcorrungelec-Our own Rep. Cathy loud horns, harmful coal dust tion we have the opportu- McMorris-Rodgers is a nity to take our Congress perfect example of not do- My family has lived in dows open. This annoy- back from the do nothing in- ing the job that we pay her Che'ney for 22 years - 5 ance was not really noticed curnbents who are in office to do. Check out her vot- blocksfromthetraintracks, until recently, probably now. With over a 90 percent ing record,.she has missed andoneblockfromEasternbecause the number of disapprovalrating~wor!Gng 383 votes this year and Washington University's trains has doubled in the onlysevendaysthelastfew has only a 6 percent rank- campus, past two years, andwiilin- months, $14 trillion in debt, ing. She votes 96 percent About four times everycrease tremendously if the nobalancedbudget, onand of the time along party hour, loud horns from corporate coal companies on, why do we keep them in lines. Twenty-one percent trains are heard, along have their way. office? If we did as bad of a of her campaign moneywith the clickety clack of I have been assured by job in our place of employ- comes from out of state the long trains, the BNSF public relations ment as they do, wewould donors. She spends more Itissobadthatwecan't official Gus Melonas that befired! timegettingphotoopswith sleepatnightwiththewin- there are 1-5 coal trains out of 50 trains passing night, even in the coun- through Cheney on aver- tryside. There was hardly age per day, (Coal trains ever a time that we saw the measure about 1 1/2 miles full sun. long.) I believe that the Cheney residents number of trains commg should imagine huge through Cheney should quantities of coal and be limited, along with countless trains moving other regulations to pro- from Montana and Wyo- tect our environment and ming to China through our our health. It is sad that beautiful town, only later last week our U.S. House to experience the air poilu- Representative, Cathy 'don from the fallout from McMorris Rodgers, Re- coal combustion flowing publican, voted in support back across the Pacific of the Energy Regulatory Ocean. There is startling Rollback Bill to limit regu- evidence about how these lations on coal mining until coal trains are so damag- 2014 and also to limit the ing and destructive to our EPA's authority to protect environment, our health our clean air. and our way of life. Please write your leg- We visited China last islators and get involved year, and for the two- before we end up like West week period in Chengdu, Virgima. there was a continual haze Nancy Street morning afternoon, and Cheney Congress has forgotten how to oversee the Executive BY LEE H. HAMILTON Columnist You've likely never heard of William ~ Natcher, which would have been just fine lee with him. Hamilton Natcher spent four decades in Con- g~ssrepr~enting the area around Bowling Green, Kentucky, and for the most part the national press ig- nored him, just as he ig- nored them. He didn't have time for burnishing his public image; he was what is known on Capitol Hill as "a work horse, not a show horse,'~ .... , -, i F~ r~ny-y _e~m, NatvJ3er ~ chaired a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee that dealt with the departments of Labor and Health and Human Services. Inhis day, the Ap- propriations subcommittee chairs were arguably the most powerful legislators on Capitol Hill: they were known as "the College of Cardinals" and were feared and respected not just by their colleagues, but, more importantly, by the people who ran the executive- branch departments they oversaw. These days, the position carries much less power. As Scott Lilly, a longtime congressional staffer who now teaches at Georgetown University, put it recently in an insightful article for the congressional-affairs jour- nal Extensions, the chair- men once known as the Cardinals are now "more like a rag tag band of parish priests." I'm telling you this be- cause what might seem like a bit of obscure congres- sional trivia is actually a key reason Congress is far less effective as an institu- tion and why power has shifted to the executive branch. Congress may still ~] 509-232-0444 Movie information (3:30) (5:30) 7:30 g:30 | url (11:80) (1:30 | oversee executive agen- them accountable for every in the mid-1990s to limit its des, but not very well. The dollar they'd spent and subcommittee chairs to six disappearanceoflegislators proposed to spend. Heyears. Being a member of like Natcher is a big reason wasn't rude or impatient Congress today requires why. or partisan - officials of endless fundraising and Watching Bill Natcher both parties knew thev'd public relations, andaffords at work was a lesson in be treated courteously, but far less time for commit- what it means for Congress that when they came before tee business. The partisan to be a co-equal branch of him, they'd better know environment stresses ideo- government. He prepared their budget and opera- logical point-scoring and painstakingly for his sub- tions in detail and be able to downplays rigorous over- committee hearings -- ecru- justify every increase they sight. Congress now relies tinizing agency budgets, were proposing, excessively on Omnibus filling entire notebooks with Natcher wasn't alone,and supplemental bills.All questions and observations Most of his fellow Appro- this has shifted power to a about executive-branchpriations subcommitteedistracted leadership and decisions, reaching out to chairs did this. They se~red outofthehandsofcongres- thecontactshe'dmadeover the information Congress sional experts who had the decades to understand the needed to make informed time and interestto oversee implications of the tiniest decisions about the federal executive agencies. changes in policy, working budget and government Why does this matter? dosely with his Republican policies. And they put the Because for all its faults, counterpart to examine ev- executive branch on notice Congress is still the most ery line in the budgets they that Congress was watch- , ~ oversaw ........ ing its.every move, He'd spend days grill- As Scott Lilly points ing administration offi- out, various changes have cials, making them explain undermined this role. The their policies and holding Republican caucus decided cess, when the executive branch must ask for fund- ing, is thestrongest lever Congress controls to ensure that taxpayers' money is being spent effectively and that policy represents the interests of the American people. When legislators no longer have the skills, representative institution interest or ability to gather ,our nation possesses, ~d ~ the 'd6taiieff ihforvhhfion therefore the place where they need to hold executive~ tough oversight of the ex- branch officials accountable, ecutive must occur. Congress simply cannot do The appropriations pro- its job properly. 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