the adventures of huck and tom in the 113th congress

SO FAR IN 2013, the House of Representatives has worked for just 87 days, but Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) just called for a five-week recess! So far, this 113th Congress is the most unproductive in history. In the first 212 days, just 22 bills have passed Congress and sent to the President.

This is worse than the famous “Do-Nothing Congress.” That was the 80th Congress—again featuring the hijinks of a Republican majority—that opposed many of the bills passed under FDR and were determined to stop President Truman from getting more of the same accomplished.

Now, get this: Speaker Boehner just called for a five-week recess and skipped town to go golfing with Donald Trump. And I couldn’t be happier: for five weeks there will be no sequestration, no new votes to overturn “Obamacare,” no new threats to shut the government down, etc.

If only Donnie could convince Johnny to run away with him like Huck and Tom and fish their lives away and then we could have “the adventures of huck and tom in the 113th congress.

That was then, four years ago . . .

Postscript: the Seinfeld Congress

“The biggest achievement in the House last week was a party-line vote to file a brief in a court case. In other action, GOP leaders all but conceded they won’t be able to pass a budget, the party’s first order of business, this year.

Over in the Senate, lawmakers have been busy debating whether it’s good or bad to sit on the president’s Supreme Court nominee for the next nine months.

Call it the Seinfeld Congress—all about nothing. It’s gotten so small-ball that one congressman, a chairman of a highly influential committee, introduced legislation last week to recognize the national significance of magic.

‘It doesn’t surprise me at all. They are going to need magic to save their party,’ joked Rep. Steve Israel of New York, who heads the House Democrats’ messaging arm. ‘The American people are used to a Republican do-nothing Congress, they are now getting used to a Republican ridiculous Congress.’”

Politico (March 21, 2106)

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