A ‘very, very rocky start’: three months in, Minnesota’s representatives rate Congress

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House Speaker John Boehner gaveled in the 114th Congress in January.
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke about the possibilities of increased relations with Cuba in January.
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Sen. Al Franken was joined by Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Jeff Merkley last week to warn against abolishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Rep. John Kline watches as House Speaker John Boehner signs S.J. Res. 8, a resolution decrying a recent NLRB ruling, last Wednesday.
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Rep. Betty McCollum with Rep. Keith Ellison on Inauguration Day.

I think the governing of this Congress has been abysmal … We really have not done anything productive. Republicans’ repeated attacks on government are reflected in the fact that they have a lot of contempt for it and they don’t do it very well. They’re not good at governing, they can’t pass anything and important things that Americans need are going unaddressed.

What are we doing on infrastructure? Nothing. What are we doing on jobs? Nothing, they complain that even though Obama’s presided over many, many months of private job growth, they still criticize the economy. And there’s still criticism to be made on the economy, but what are they doing to address it? Absolutely nothing. What are they doing on immigration? Nothing.

There is no important issue that Americans are facing that Republicans are addressing. They simply have failed, utterly, at governance.

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Rep. Rick Nolan, right, watches as Lt. Bradley Wick, of Duluth, is awarded a Medal of Valor in February.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 03/31/2015 - 12:05 pm.

    The government that governs best

    governs least.

  2. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 03/31/2015 - 04:32 pm.

    Tim Pawlenty claimed when asked years ago,

    “Does the GOP have any leaders”? He said, “They have many leaders”. Why don’t any of them ever show up in congress? Nothing is going to change until the my way or the highway philosophy and poison pill politics ends. That will take moderates and the GOP moderates have been drummed out of the party. America has always been at it’s best when congress acted in a balanced way. Right now all they do is bounce from sideline to sideline. I expect absolutely nothing of any meaning will be accomplished by Boehner or McConnell. They are both weighed down with too much baggage. So much for leadership.

  3. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 04/01/2015 - 05:46 am.


    One odd thing is that Congress seems a lot more popular with Congresspeople than it is with anyone else.

  4. Submitted by Bob Petersen on 04/01/2015 - 08:09 am.

    Of Course Ellison and Nolan…

    would say it’s been the worst. They complain of GOP extremism when they are not exactly in the mainstream themselves.

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