Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Contract Has Begun to Restore Trust

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Contract Has Begun to Restore Trust

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With the modest boast "we did what we said we'd do," Congress' new conservative majority has beaten its own self-imposed deadline for fulfilling the Contract With America.

Critics who note that most of its items have not yet become law should read the contract: The promise was that the House would bring 10 major legislative proposals to the floor for votes within 100 days. House leaders delivered all 10 measures to the floor, and are expected to passed nine - losing only the term-limits amendment, which required a two-thirds' majority - in just 94 days.

True, more major items in the contract may yet be defeated in the Senate. But Americans should recognize that the actions of the 104th Congress already have transformed America's political agenda. They have radically altered the national policy-making process, and may have begun to restore accountability and trust to the American political system.

The new Congress began delivering from the first day, voting to apply to itself the same labor and workplace laws that affect the rest of America. Indeed, conservatives have completed the most significant restructuring of the House since World War II. In addition, the House considered constitutional amendments on term limits and a balanced budget, voted to cut federal spending by $17 billion, debated a major tax cut, and approved significant reforms of our welfare, legal and regulatory systems.

Even the usually pokey Senate, whose members never agreed to the contract, has been dragged into the act. They have joined the House in passing legislation to apply the labor and workplace laws to Congress, to restrict "unfunded mandates" on state and local governments, to grant the president a line-item veto and to pass some of the House's regulatory reform measures. Senate action on additional regulatory reforms, spending and tax cuts, and welfare and legal reforms is likely soon. …

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