Monday, July 22, 2013

House, Senate Should Tell Voters Why Nothing Gets Done

When you elect folks to Congress, you typically send them there to get things done and make progress, right?  What do you define as progress?

For Speaker of the House, John Boehner, it's not passing bills.  It's repealing them.  Boehner told CBS, "We should not be judged on how many new laws we create...we ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal."

That's right, with all the pressing issues and problems that this country has, this Congress has passed just 15 bills into law.  That's it.  Of course, the House has voted umpteen times to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  It takes the Senate to tango.

The House doesn't have a monopoly on inaction, however.  The Senate can't get anything done, either.  Neither Republicans nor Democrats will compromise with each other to even get things that they compromised on passed through the Senate.

I don't have the answer.  I just thought it was quizzical that John Boehner thinks it's ok that nothing has gotten done by this do-nothing Congress.

You really have to wonder what it's going to take to shake the locked up wheels of the legislative process to start moving again.  Maybe some new members of Congress?

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