Paul Ryan took the speakership vowing to decentralize power and re-energize House committees. It's a noble cause, but it's fair to ask that in return, the committees serve as open forums that do serious policy analysis, not just legislative sausage-making. On criminal justice, Ryan has a chance to establish that principle.
On August 7, the Senate left town for its month-long summer recess, a pretty long break for lawmakers who have accomplished so little. When the Senate returns on September 8, it needs to start doing the people's business. Surely, the American people, and our federal judicial system, deserve better than this.
Asking nonprofits to voluntarily transform their behavior has done little to stomp out the biggest problems in the nonprofit world. The only way to end bad behavior is to pass more stringent laws and to put teeth into enforcing them. That's what Independent Sector should have been asking for when it visited Congress.