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Pete Domenici

Next House speaker must prioritize, govern

Next House speaker must prioritize, govern

Most Americans do not know what a continuing resolution is, nor should they, because the U.S. Congress has been irrelevant to them since the day they were born. What Americans do know — aside from sophisticated parliamentary terms that mask dysfunction — is that Congress is failing the country. The turmoil over who will be the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is only the latest sign of an institution noted for arguing instead of governing.

Few are willing to become the third-most powerful elected official under the U.S. Constitution following the announcement last month of the planned resignation of House Speaker John Boehner and the sudden end last week of the...