Has Congress lived up to the expectations of the founding fathers?

I don't think so. The founders expected that the congress would be the dominant branch of government, formulating national policy. That was how it was for a long time. But today the congress just follows the lead of the president. They take his ideas and modify them, flesh them out with needed details, sometimes reject them altogether. But it is very rare these days that the congress initiates any major legislation itself.

Michael Montagne

The founding fathers would be appalled at what Congress has become. Check out Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. It specifically states the duties and powers of the legislative branch (and there aren't that many). Congress has since run roughshod over these enumerations and restrictions. Going by today's standards, you would think the document said that Congress has the power to legislate anything, and tax everything.