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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Lazy Congress - The 110th Congress passes fewer laws than any congress previous

...but it DID pass the resolutions on such important matters as : National Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day, established July as National Watermelon Month and approved a decree the origins of the word "baseball." ....what do these people do? From the Wall Street Journal:

The 110th Congress, whose term officially ends in January, hasn't passed any spending bills or attacked high gasoline prices. But it has used its powers to celebrate watermelons and to decree the origins of the word "baseball."...Barring a burst of legislative activity after Labor Day, this group of 535 men and women will have accomplished a rare feat. In two decades of record keeping, no sitting Congress has passed fewer public laws at this point in the session -- 294 so far -- than this one. That's not to say they've been idle. On the flip side, no Congress in the same 20 years has been so prolific when it comes to proposing resolutions -- more than 1,900, according to a tally by the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense....With the mostly symbolic measures, Congress has saluted such milestones as the Idaho Potato Commission's 70th anniversary and recognized soil as an "essential natural resource." As legislation on gasoline prices, tax fixes and predatory lending languish, Congress has designated May 5-9 as National Substitute Teacher Recognition Week, and set July 28 as the Day of the American Cowboy....The resolutions, which generally don't carry the force of law, can originate in either the House or Senate. However, some types of resolutions establish the federal budget, authorize the president to go to war, or condemn actions such as the genocide in Darfur. Even among the 294 laws passed thus far, many were symbolic in nature. Many of the post offices named by this Congress honor servicemen and -women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the 435-member House, fully one-quarter of the workweek is typically devoted to debating and passing symbolic measures.



Read Here:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121910897089651793.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

2 comments:

virginiavirtucon said...

Let's pass new laws we actually need and not for the sake of evidence of "work." - VA Patriot

Jody L. Wilcox said...

exactly