There are many people taking notice of modern politics for the very first time in their lives. There is actually also some confusion noticed between two groups who talk above as well as around each different. Two groups communicating through two entirely different sets of understanding. Perhaps the idea is actually valuable to reset the larger frames of reference as well as provide clarity.
Many, heck, most people think when they vote for a federal politician -a representative- they are voting for a person who will go to Washington DC as well as write or enact legislation. This particular is actually the old-fashioned “schoolhouse rock” perspective based on decades past.
There is actually not an individual congress person who writes legislation or laws.
In 2017 not an individual member of the House of Representatives or Senator writes a law, or puts pen to paper to write out a legislative construct. This particular simply doesn’t happen.
Over the past several decades a system of constructing legislation has taken over Washington DC that will more resembles a business operation than a legislative body. Here’s how the idea works right today.
Outside groups, often called “special interest groups”, are entities that will represent their interests in legislative constructs. These groups are often representing foreign governments, multinational corporations, banks, financial groups or businesses; or smaller groups of people that has a similar connection who come together as well as form a larger group under an umbrella of interest specific to their like-minded affiliation.
Sometimes the groups are social interest groups; activists like climate groups, environmental interests etc. The social interest groups are usually non-profit constructs who depend on the expenditures of government to sustain their cause or need.
The for-profit groups (mostly business) have a purpose in Washington DC to shape policy, legislation as well as laws favorable to their interests. They have fully staffed offices just like any business would certainly – only their ‘business’ is actually getting legislation for their unique interests.
These groups are filled with highly-paid lawyers who represent the interests of the entity as well as actually write laws as well as legislation briefs. inside modern era This particular is actually actually the origination of the laws that will we eventually see passed by congress. Within the walls of these buildings within Washington DC is actually where the ‘sausage’ is actually actually made.
Again, no elected official is actually usually part of This particular law origination process.
Once the corporation or representative organizational entity has written the law they want to see passed – they hand the idea off to the lobbyists. The lobbyists are people who have deep contacts within the political bodies of the legislative branch, usually former House/Senate staff or former House/Senate politicians themselves.
The lobbyist takes the written brief, the legislative construct, as well as the idea’s their job to go to congress as well as sell the idea.
“Selling the idea” means finding politicians who will accept the brief, sponsor their bill as well as eventually get the idea to a vote as well as passage. The lobbyist does This particular by visiting the politician in their office, or, most currently familiar, by inviting the politician to an event they are hosting. The event is actually called a junket when the idea involves travel.
Often the lobbying “event” might be a weekend trip to a ski resort, or a “conference” that will takes place at a resort. The actual sales pitch for the bill is actually usually not too long as well as the majority of the time is actually just like a mini vacation etc.
The size of the indulgence within the event, the amount of money the lobbyist is actually spending, is actually customarily related to the scale of benefit within the bill the sponsoring business entity is actually pushing. If the sponsoring business or interest group can gain a lot of financial benefit through the legislation they spend a lot on the indulgences.
Recap: Corporations (special interest group) write the legislation. Lobbyists take the law as well as go find politician(s) to support the idea. Politicians get support through their peers using tenure as well as status etc. Eventually, if things go according to norm, the legislation gets a vote.
Within every step of the process there are expense account lunches, dinners, trips, venue tickets as well as a host of different customary financial way-points to generate/leverage a successful outcome. The amount of money spent is actually proportional to the benefit derived through the outcome.
The important part to remember is actually that will the origination of the entire system is actually EXTERNAL to congress.
Congress does not write laws or legislation, special interest groups do. Lobbyists are paid, some very well paid, to get politicians to go along with the need of the legislative group.
When you are voting for a Congressional Rep or a U.S. Senator you are not voting for a person who will write laws. Your rep only votes on legislation to approve or disapprove of constructs that will are written by outside groups as well as sold to them through lobbyists who work for those outside groups.
While all of This particular is actually happening the same outside groups who write the laws are providing money for the campaigns of the politicians they need to pass them. This particular construct sets up the quid-pro-quo of influence, although much of the idea is actually fraught with plausible deniability.
This particular is actually the way legislation is actually created.
If your frame of reference is actually not established in This particular basic understanding you can often fall into the trap of viewing a politician, or political vote, through a false prism. The modern origin of all legislative constructs is actually not within congress.
“we’ll have to pass the bill to, well, find out what is actually inside bill” etc. ~ Nancy Pelosi 2009
“We rely upon the stupidity of the American voter” ~ Johnathan Gruber 2011, 2012
today, think about This particular reality against the backdrop of the 2016 Presidential Election. The entire system within DC was not structurally set-up to receive a Donald Trump presidency.
If Hillary Clinton had won the election, her Oval Office desk would certainly be filled with legislation passed by congress which she would certainly be signing. Heck, she’d have writer’s cramp through all of the special interest legislation that will would certainly be flowing to her desk.
Why? Simply because the authors of the legislation, the special interest as well as lobbying groups, were spending millions to fund her campaign. President Hillary Clinton would certainly be signing K-Street constructed special interest legislation to repay all of those donors/investors. Congress would certainly be fast-tracking the passage because the same interest groups also fund the members of congress.
President Donald Trump winning the election threw a monkey wrench into the entire DC system…. The modern legislative machine was frozen in place.
The “America First” policies represented by candidate Donald Trump are not within the legislative constructs coming through the authors of the legislation. Congress has no bills to advance because all of the myriad of bills as well as briefs written are not in line with President Trump policy.
that will’s why congress has not passed any substantive legislation for President Trump to sign. There was simply no entity within DC writing legislation that will was in-line with President Trump’s economic as well as foreign policy agenda. Exactly the opposite is actually true. All of the DC legislative briefs as well as constructs were/are antithetical to Trump policy.
There were hundreds of file boxes filled with thousands of legislative constructs that will became worthless when Donald Trump won the election.
Those legislative constructs (briefs) representing tens of millions of dollars worth of time as well as influence as well as are today just sitting there piled up in boxes under desks as well as in closets amid K-Street as well as the congressional offices.
Any current legislation must be in-line with an entire brand new political perspective, as well as there’s no-one, no special interest or lobbying group, currently occupying DC office space with any interest in synergy with Trump policy.
Think about the larger ramifications within that will truism.
that will is actually also why there’s so much opposition.
No legislation provided by outside interests means no work for lobbyists who sell the idea. No work means no money. No money means no expense accounts. No expenses means politicians paying for their own indulgences etc. Politicians are not happy without their indulgences.
However, no K-Street expenditures -because of the futility of the idea- also means more money available for opposition as well as activist activity.
Lastly, when you understand This particular reality you begin to see the difference between legislation that has a traditional purpose as well as faux-legislation that has a political agenda.
Remember, politicians don’t write laws – outside groups do.
If you asked a DC Senator or House Member to actually write a law they’d look back at you like a cow just licked them on the forehead. The politician would certainly have no clue what you are asking them to do, as well as would certainly immediately look to their staff as their closest reference point (the go-betweens) for outside lobbyist assistance.
This particular helps to understand when Mike Lee or Ted Cruz are “pitching” a “bill they’ve written”, the idea’s a gimmick -a ruse- a fundraising ploy, nothing more. that will’s why the bills they talk about (ie. El Chappo, Clean Repeal etc.) never actually materialize…. they are raising campaign money, not legislation.
as well as that will’s why Trump’s legislative inbox, based on election platform priority, was empty.