From The Washington Times:

Congress has yielded too much power to a federal bureaucracy that is unaccountable to voters and enabled by deferential courts, House Republicans said Thursday in a plan that seeks to reclaim their power of the purse and force the executive branch to explain its actions.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said Congress can fight back by asserting its power over spending and must prod agencies to “fess up” if they fail to enforce the laws Congress writes.

The Republican plan would rewrite regulations that are at least 70 years old and bolster Congress‘ subpoena power so that agencies are forced to comply with investigations on Capitol Hill. It also says Congress should vote on rules that outgoing administrations issue in their final days.

The reforms are the fourth plank in the House Republicans’ six-point election-year agenda. The others are heavy on policy, while this one is more focused on procedures designed to restore what Republicans said was the vision of the country’s founders.

“Being free means you don’t have to worry about your rights being violated in the first place. That’s why we need the other branches of government, especially the legislative branch, to remain strong, so they can defend our rights when another branch attacks them,” Mr. Ryan said.

House Republicans also have released election-year proposals on poverty, national security and the economy. Still to come are blueprints to tackle tax reform and health care.

Dubbed “A Better Way,” the agenda is designed to unify the party, so…

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