Republicans are pondering canceling some of the remaining days in their session because they can’t come up with anything to do now that their efforts to defund ObamaCare, shut down the government and take us to the brink of default have failed. It’s not as if Speaker Boehner would actually allow a vote on real legislation, after all.
For the first time in months, House Republicans are facing no immediate cataclysmic deadlines, and GOP leaders are struggling to come up with an agenda to fill the 19 legislative days that are left in 2013.
Need evidence? The House votes Monday evening and will finish its work week Wednesday. After that, the House is out of session until Nov. 12. Internally, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and senior Republicans aren’t discussing coming back early from the scheduled recess, but instead, they are wondering if they’ll cancel some of the remaining days in session.
House Republicans are refusing to vote on immigration reform. They have been refusing to vote on a real jobs bills for years. The list of things that House Republicans won’t vote on is longer than the list of things that they have voted on. If Boehner and Cantor can’t hold a vote against the ACA, they don’t know what to do with themselves.
House Republicans would rather cancel work days than vote on anything.
This shouldn’t be a surprise. The Republican-led House has set records for working fewer days and passing the least amount of legislation. In December of 2012, we reported that even though House Republicans are going to be in session for only 126 days in 2013, they are still demanding their full $174,000 salary.
With that salary, House Republicans have wasted taxpayer money on pretend ObamaCare repeal votes, witch hunts over scandals they made up and fed to the press with lies, they wasted 24 billion on their government shutdown, and now they’re wasting more money on glitch hunts. They are not passing any actual legislation, however, which is their actual job.
In July, we reported that this 113th Congress was historically lazy, having passed only 16 legislative items in six months. The 112th Congress set another historic low of 23 legislative items passed by the same time of year. “They made history as the most unproductive session since the 1940s (records only go back to 1947) for passing only 220 laws. For perspective, President Harry Truman labeled his Congress the “Do-Nothing Congress” for passing just 906 laws.”
Before Republicans took over the House, we had the same level of movement in Congress as prior to Obama taking office. USA Today explained, “When Democrats controlled both chambers during the 111th Congress, 258 laws were enacted in 2010 and 125 in 2009, including President Obama’s health care law.”
Speaker John Boehner’s House is just going to give up even pretending to work now. Since their plan to shutdown the world in a fit of pique failed, they’re going to take their balls and go home. At least they can’t destroy America as easily from home, but their failure to do their jobs is hurting America and her people. It’s ironic that Republicans show such disdain for “lazy” people, given that they are historically the laziest House ever.
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