July 1st, 2019
"Taxpayer First Act
This bill revises provisions relating to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), its customer service, enforcement procedures, cybersecurity and identity protection, management of information technology, and use of electronic systems."
Just because actual legislation is too boring for cable news and NPR doesn't mean it's not happening.
You can find all the bills that passed into law here: https://www.congress.gov/advanced-search/legislation?congres...
PS: Believe the 9/11 first responders bill would be more recent, but I figured people would take issue with that as a celebrity bill.
At least the 9/11 first responders bill was about allocating resources to do something, but the main reason it doesn’t serve your point is the fact it stood for 18 years as an example of our government’s incompetence and inability to do basic, non controversial things.
Reducing everything to "creates a new department or abolishes an existing one" or "does nothing and just keeps the lights on" isn't a useful rubric.
Good law is acreted over time, in the same way bulletproof code is.
US tax law has been dysfunctional and getting worse for decades, to me that says there are issues with how the system is designed and meaningful progress beyond “keeping the lights on” will require restructuring the law and the agency, not adding a new office here and giving taxpayers more notifications there. Those types of measures, as you correctly point out, have to be looked at as part of a larger plan for the organization that meaningfully addresses a problem, not in isolation. Except here we have a collection of measures that doesn’t coherently address a problem, so there is no way left to look at them except in isolation.
The law has many stated goals, as set forth in the quote I posted.
Why is your assumption that the social conservatives are the ones that have to compromise? Shouldn't both sides be compromising?
Let's take freedom of speech. One side believes it's unlimited, and the other doesn't. How do you compromise on that? You can't. How do you solve that problem? You don't, it's not the government's job to solve all of society's problems. That's the point most people don't understand: quit trying to control the behavior of others.