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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Why do we pay Congress to do nothing?

via the Washington Post;

Congress will convene on Tuesday for what some fear will be the lamest of lame-duck sessions, and GOP leaders have decided to take a minimalist approach before turning over the reins of power to the Democrats. Rather than a final surge of legislative activity, Congress will probably wrap up things after a single, short week of work.


Before the midterm elections, GOP leaders had dismissed the Democrats' "do-nothing" label for the 109th Congress as political posturing, promising that a robust post-election session would put the accusation to rest. Instead, Republican lawmakers will have met for one week in November, devoted almost exclusively to leadership elections for next year, and one week in December, largely to pick committee assignments, move offices and pass a measure to keep the government operating through February.

That will mean this Congress will have spent the least time in session of any in at least half a century, according to Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, congressional historians and the authors of "The Broken Branch," a critical look at recent Congresses. In the time they have met, lawmakers have failed to approve a budget resolution or pass at least eight of the 11 annual spending bills.

Maybe Congress needs to be made up of more working class citizens who work year round. Members of Congress need to live in a world of reality where they don't get vacations every month, where they work more than 80 days a year, and where their salary is commensurate with the work they accomplish. They are too out of touch with the working class and minimum wage class of this country, and it is no wonder they have done little to help either.


At 11:14 PM, Blogger Rosalie907 said...

Steny Hoyer announced today that when the Dems officially take control in January the House will be in session from Monday to Friday. Heard there were many grumblings from the soon to be MINORITY Party.


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