Members of Congress return to Capitol Hill on Monday following a two-week recess -- ready to resume negotiations on immigration reform, a minimum-wage bill and other key legislation but with little possibility of agreeing on any major changes in an election year.
|Scooped by David Pham|
Quarter 4, Week 5, April 21-27
Members of Congress return to Capitol Hill on Monday following a two-week recess, but with little possibility of agreeing on any major changes in an election year. While members will almost assuredly pass a measure to avoid a government shutdown, and the wrath of voters, bills on increasing the federal minimum wage, reforming immigration laws and fixing the tax code are not expected to get a final vote in either the Republican-controlled House or the Democrat-led Senate. All 435 House seats and 36 Senate seats are up for re-election in November, which has leaders of both parties cautious about holding votes on any legislation that could force members to make a difficult choice.
Congress gets back to work Monday after a two-week vacation, and it’s looking like lawmakers will do what they do best: the bare minimum. We pay these folks a lot of money to do the job that they are "hired" to do; it is not the big, and politically hot items that they cannot seem to address, it is the smaller and necessary things that are foregone. The Constitution defines the roles of the Senate, the House and of course, the President. I think that every member of Congress (and the President) should be required to read that document, much shorter than the nonsense coming forth from the Capital, and take a test on it to make sure that they understand what exactly they have been commissioned to (and not to do) by the people.
GOP - "Grand Old Party" or the Republican party.