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What has Congress done? Not a whole lot, so it will get nasty this fall

After leaving many big issues unresolved, Congress is in for a contentious fall when it returns in September.

That’s not to say Congress has done nothing … just that it hasn’t done too much of anything worth noting (the last bill President Obama signed into law, for example, was to “rename section 219(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA”). In fact, much of what it has and hasn’t done the last few months has set up bigger battles for down the road.

With that in mind, here’s a look at some of what lawmakers have been up to this summer, and how it’ll come back into play this fall.

boehner obamacare
Courtesy of Speaker John Boehner’s Office/Bryant Avondoglio
Speaker John Boehner held a press conference in may to protest Affordable Care Act regulations; GOP efforts to stop the implementation of the law are likely to continue.
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MinnPost photo by Devin Henry
Minnesota Rep. John Kline enthusiastically supported the Senate’s student loans bill, which used a market-based approach for setting loan rates.


Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by mark wallek on 08/06/2013 - 09:52 am.

    They have done a few things

    They have, no doubt, improved the profile of their portfolios. They have continued to wear flag lapel pins. They have done everything necessary to protect their perks, and they have made sure offshore banking is still avaliable to the tax cheats they want us to believe they detest. So they are doing things, jus t nothing at all that serves the citizen.

  2. Submitted by Susan McNerney on 08/06/2013 - 10:21 am.

    It probably should just be said

    that this is, at this point, entirely the republican’s fault. The Dems are taking positions shared by Ronald Reagan, GHW Bush, and Richard Nixon on many issues. The extremism here is entirely on one side.

    The blocking of nominations is unprecedented – no other president has had their nominations filibustered as often as Obama. The judicial situation is shameful. This could be solved by reforming to a “talking filibuster” that requires senators to stand up and speak during the duration of the filibuster (such as recently occurred in Texas). That would eliminate most of this obstruction very quickly, but still allow for senators to make their point.

    And another thing the article leaves out is some stunning context: the House has a GOP majority despite the fact that 1.5 million more Americans voted for dem house candidates in the last election. With the massive gerrymandering in places like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Texas, and elsewhere, that won’t change for at least three election cycles.

  3. Submitted by Mike Downing on 08/06/2013 - 02:33 pm.

    What about our children and grandchildren?!

    Out national debt is $17 trillion or about 100% of GDP. However, there are reports that our national debt is actually in the $70-100 trillion when unfunded liabilities of gov’t pensions and health care are included.

    I remain very concerned for our children and grandchildren for the unsustainable fiscal disaster they are inheriting from us. Shame on us and our collective WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) attitude!!

  4. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/07/2013 - 02:28 pm.

    New laws

    Every time government passes a new law, it gives government more power and you less freedom. Apparently democrats believe this is a good thing.

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