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Chuck Grassley Prescribes Oversight to Keep Bureaucracy in Check

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says that robust congressional oversight is needed to govern well and keep each branch of government in check.

“Today we live under a government … that is no longer governed by congressional action, enforced by the president, and interpreted by the courts,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in remarks on the role and responsibility of congressional oversight delivered Monday at The Heritage Foundation.

“Today we’re ruled more and more by excessive regulation and executive fiat,” Grassley said.

The Iowa Republican, first elected to Congress in 1974, said both sides of the aisle are to blame for the increases in regulation and red tape in government.

“We cannot blame political ideology,” Grassley, 84, said. “Under Democrats and Republicans, the administrative state has only expanded, and has [done so] at the expense of congressional authority and prestige.”

Grassley said the effectiveness of the Constitution’s separation of powers is lessened when government is left to bureaucrats:

We have sacrificed our constitutional mandate on the twin altars of efficiency and expertise. We have moved from a government by and for the people to government by the bureaucrats and for the connected insiders.

Read the full story from The Daily Signal

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