Institutional lawlessness prevails in GOP House –

The new Republican majority in the US House of Representatives had barely settled in when Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen tossed a hand grenade into the Republican caucus bunker. She announced that the United States could default on its debt this week unless the government takes “extraordinary” steps and Congress raises the national debt limit. This urgent need for action is a serious challenge to new President Kevin McCarthy and his renegade band of institutional anarchists in the GOP-controlled House.

The big question now is whether the House Republicans are ready to fight the Democrats in the White House and the Democratic majority in the US Senate. Members of the House majority must decide whether they are skilled legislators or just agitators. Early results indicate that the caucus is not ready for prime time.

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