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Congress Has 13 Work Days Until Election  
User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8483 posts, RR: 9
Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1777 times:

Interesting article from Businessweek:

Quote:

The U.S. House and Senate, facing a backlog of unfinished business, are set to be in session together for 13 days before the Nov. 6 election. Even so, members plan to do what they have done all year on the biggest tax and spending decisions: Nothing.
http://www.businessweek.com/news/201...ction-for-must-do-work#r=bloomberg

Of course, politicians on both sides of the aisle have taken off on the 6 week summer vacation. Some head home and some go on "critical junkets" overseas.

People who want a smaller government should be pleased as the politicians take off so much time during the year that nothing of importance gets done. Just the trivial stuff.

BTW, looks like your tax cuts will end:

Quote:


Neither Democrats nor Republicans see an advantage in spending time before the election on averting automatic income tax increases and the $1.2 trillion in spending cuts that start taking effect in January. Each side wants to try to improve its negotiating position depending on which party will occupy the White House and control the House and the Senate.


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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7982 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1713 times:

Quoting Ken777 (Thread starter):

I find it ridiculous we let them have any time off at all. They should be in session 7 days a week forever until they undo the mess they've got us in! Hopefully after the election, win or lose, Congress can get its act together (doubt it)



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12970 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1674 times:

It just shows that the 'kick the can down the street' strategy works.

We had the GOP ploy of shutting down the government, which led us to the Super Committee, which led to: naught.

Now we have the sequestration mess, which I believe will fall to the 'lame duck' Congress, to at least kick the can down the road till the newly elected Congress can figure out their own way to kick the can down the road.

We already have both parties saying sequestration will be a terrible thing for our Military.

I guess they should have thought about that when they chose this course of action!!!

And of course they bring up the Military because they want us all to rally round the flag, yada yada.

What a sad state of affairs...



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User currently offlineAesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 6961 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1656 times:

Frankly I don't understand how the markets can be so gloomy on the eurozone when our politicians work overtime on the matter (and that's a lot of congresses, senates, presidents, prime ministers, chancellors) but let the US off the hook while the debt keeps piling up.


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User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2084 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1656 times:

You do realise that every single representative and 33 senators will be out there campaigning rather than going on overseas junkets. I agree there is rorting of overseas travel during breaks but to say that politicians should spend their entire time in Washington (or whatever your respective capital is) is ludicrous. You bitch that they're not listening to constituents when in Washington then bitch that they're not 'legislating' when they're in their constituencies.

The Australian parliament ends a 6 week winter recess next week and I can guarantee you, the only MP's who have gone on their triennial 'study trips' are those that have announced they won't contest, or know they will lose. The rest are out their campaigning their arses off.

I'm actually surprised how often your politicians do sit, ours never sit 4 weeks back to back (yours get 4 day weekends while ours get 3).


User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11807 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1653 times:

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 1):
I find it ridiculous we let them have any time off at all.

They are the ones who vote on this stuff. Not "we the people" who put them there.



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21879 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1638 times:

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 4):
You bitch that they're not listening to constituents when in Washington then bitch that they're not 'legislating' when they're in their constituencies.

I'm not saying they should be in DC all the time. But we're basically three months (90 days) from election day, and they're working for less than 20% of that.

-Mir



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User currently offlineslider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6924 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1596 times:

If Romney had any balls whatsoever, he'd HAMMER on the fact that the Senate still hasn't passed a budget.

yet for all the furor over the Tea Party and the great results of the 2010 midterms, statistically speaking 87% of the bastards will still get re-elected no matter party affiliation. It's why we need term limits and a mathematically neutral way to derive districts to stop gerrymandering.


User currently offlineATTart From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1581 times:




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User currently offlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1876 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1521 times:
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Very clever the way the GOP wrote the bill in such a way that those cuts don't take effect until after November. Very clever also the way the tea party basically held a knife to the throat of the American public to arm twist Obama into signing it. Talking about gloom, doom, economic devastation, gloom, doom, and more gloom and doom if the president didn't immediately bow to their will. I'm a card carrying democrat, will be for life, and I know of at least three democratic presidents (JFK? Johnson? Clinton? Anyone) who would have stared down the tea party, vetoed their sequestration bill, let the clock tick down to economic armageddon and then if the economy did end up going to hell, slit the tea party's throat with it. That's the kind of ruthlessness a president sometimes needs to get things done in congress. Obama's a great guy and a first class president, but, he's not ruthless and at that moment in history, we needed ruthless. We needed a president with the moxy to tell the tea party to shut the f*ck up and go away. They're not needed, they're not wanted, we like our democracy just the way it is, full of compromise.

As for a budget, I think Obama submitted a budget, the tea party wouldn't allow the republicans to pass it. The tea party submitted their own budget instead, i think it was called the Ryan Budget, which proposed 3.5 trillion dollars in social welfare spending cuts and no tax increases on the people who can most afford it. Honestly, sometimes, I think Obama should have said "sure, go ahead, pass it, I'll sign it, then, when the fabric of America is destroyed, I'll blame you. There will be lots of blame to go around when people are rioting in the streets because they can't get jobs and dying in the streets because they can't get reasonable medical care, it's all you baby, but go ahead, make my day."

Sometimes it's all about ruthlessness, and Obama just doesn't have that.

In the meantime, I'll wait for the results of the next election, do my best to give obama a second chance at control of the house and senate, and hope he doesn't squander it the way he did the first time around.



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User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2472 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 1):
Hopefully after the election, win or lose, Congress can get its act together
            Etc, ohh, you were serious.



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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7982 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 10):
Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 1):
Hopefully after the election, win or lose, Congress can get its act together
            Etc, ohh, you were serious.

Eh, about as serious as me hoping the Buffalo Bills win the Super Bowl. I'm serious that I want that to happen, I'm hopeful it will, but I very highly doubt it 



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