Sunday, December 03, 2006

Do Nothing Congress intends to --- do nothing

So much for a robust post election session. Before the midterm elections, GOP leaders promised the post-election session would be a veritable whirlwind of activity.
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.
Don't get me wrong. I'd just as soon the GOP do nothing than continue to screw the working class with corporate friendly legislation but why are we paying these guys six figures annually to spend all most of their time working on how to make the other side look bad?
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