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Do Nothing Congress

In A Do-Nothing Congress, These Members Did The Least

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

The 113th Congress made waves for passing a nearly record-breaking low number of laws. While it didn't earn the title of "least productive Congress" -...

The New GOP Congress Americans Do Not 'Wish They Had'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Midterm elections are not intended to neuter a president. They are midcourse corrections intended to make government work better for the people who elect their representatives; to -- in fact -- transform the government we have into the government the people wish they have.

McConnell to Obama: You Have the Government You Have, Not the One You Wish You Had

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Mr. McConnell: Had your party done its job during the past six years, instead of doing nothing at best and obstructing and obfuscating at worst, we would have a Congress the president could work with, we would have the functioning government the American people wish and deserve, we would have a much better America.

"Do-Nothing" Congress Getting Ready to "Do-Something" for Big Insurance

D. Taylor | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
D. Taylor

There are problems with Obamacare that need to be fixed. But, Congress won't do anything along those lines -- unless major insurance companies flex their muscle.

Jason Linkins

Obama Finds An ISIS Strategy While Congress... Privatizes Asteroids? Really? | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

So, that happened: Fresh off polls indicating that a majority of Americans now believe that the Islamic State (or, if you prefer, ISIS or ISIL) poses ...

Zach Carter

Congress Could Privatize Asteroids, Because There Isn't Anything Else To Do | Zach Carter | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An awful lot of important issues are not likely to get a vote from House Republicans in the final two-week congressional session before ...

Zach Carter

House Republicans Finally Surrender To ACORN | Zach Carter | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After voting 13 times to block funding to an anti-poverty organization that does not exist, House Republicans appear to be throwing in t...

Campaign Shifts to Immigration

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

My guess is that by the time everyone votes in November, the Republican anti-Obamacare strategy is hardly going to cause a ripple, while the debate over immigration reform is going to be the main event.

Congress Hasn't Passed A Major Environmental Law In 1,894 Days

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

It's been a long time since Congress passed a major new environmental law -- at least 1,894 days as of Tuesday. Based on an informal survey of ...

Obama's Next Stop On 'Year Of Action' Tour

AP | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking his "year of action" tour to Minnesota, heading to St. Paul on Wednesday to announce a new compet...

Republicans Have Unveiled Their 2014 Agenda: Do Nothing

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

So it may seem that the Republicans are doing nothing about nothing. But they're actually doing nothing about everything. Whatever the problems we face, their infantile solution is always the same: close your eyes, and it will go away.

Don't Be a Scrooge: Spread the Joy of Paying Taxes!

Neale Godfrey | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Neale Godfrey

How can we have a future if we don't feed, house and educate our young -- the most vulnerable members of our society? We need to reinvest in infrastructure The Affordable Care Act is a step towards improving the health of the nation at large.

Alissa Scheller

These Charts Show Just How Good Congress Was At Being Terrible In 2013 | Alissa Scheller | Posted 12.26.2013 | Politics

Congress did very, very little in 2013 — setting all-time records for both most unproductive and most unpopular Congress ever. Both the House and Se...

In The Worst Congress Ever, These Few Lawmakers Actually Did Something

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The 113th Congress is on track to pass just 55 bills in 2013 -- a record low level of productivity. But despite the historic levels of inter-party...

GOP, Stop Manufacturing Scandals -- We Cannot Afford Anymore Tea Party-Made Crises

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

Maybe Mr. Boehner will see the errors of his ways and want to redeem himself and his party by making a positive difference. What's a $28 Billion shutdown, a do-nothing Boehner-Congress, 46 votes against ACA, NO JOBS bill, no immigration reform, and no stimulus bill amongst friends?

Colbert's Brilliant Suggestion For Do-Nothing Congress

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.04.2014 | Comedy

Stephen Colbert opened Wednesday's "Colbert Report" with a reminder of the depressing truth: The current congress, which is about to end its 2013 sess...

Amanda Terkel

Lobbying Dollars Drop Off During Least Productive Congress | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's influence-peddlers appear to be spending far less money lobbying lawmakers these days, confronted with a Congress that does...

Obama Can Rise Again

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Voters who disapprove of Congress should "throw out the bums" who create the conditions that voters despise, and should defeat do-nothing and obstruct-everything Republicans in Washington.

Michael McAuliff

Pelosi Hits GOP: Does Less Work Than 'Family of Retirees' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following reports that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was not even going to try to pass an immigration bill, House Minority Leader ...

Cupcake Reform Tops Do-Nothing Congress's 2014 Agenda

John Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

HR 123: The Congressional Twitter Expansion Act: Authorizes members of the House of Representatives the exclusive privilege of utilizing 175 characters when engaged in the act of tweeting if said tweeting is conducted on the floor of Congress when the body is in session or during the State of the Union address.

Why We Need More Washington Insiders

Ali Breland | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Ali Breland

It is tempting to vote for the outsiders. They're relatable. Like most voters, they don't have experience in D.C. However, in light of the extreme gridlock America just went through, it's safe to say that they've made the system much worse than it was before they were elected.

Congress Only Succeeds in Failing: A Simple Election Is not Enough to Fix What's Wrong With our Government

David Fagin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Fagin

Can you imagine a world in which there were no consequences for your actions? Or, better yet, one in which you were rewarded for doing nothing?

Zach Carter

House GOP Digs ACORN's Grave Deeper | Zach Carter | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House GOP quietly blocked funding for ACORN last week, even though the anti-poverty organization has long since been both defunded a...

Congress Still Not Working

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This is the message Congress is sending: Sorry, all you aspiring college students, but we just couldn't manage to squeeze it in, what with our many days off this year. We had to go back home to raise some campaign cash, and you students got lost in the shuffle.

John Boehner's Do-Nothing Congress to Hold Another Pointless Vote to Repeal Obamacare

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Speaker Boehner said it himself -- the vote to repeal Obamacare is not about health care, it's about politics. It's also another day wasted doing nothing instead of something for our nation's seniors and for the middle class and those working their way into it.