The front page, four-letter headline of POLITICO this morning says it all: “Done.” From the story:
Both privately and publicly, top D.C. leaders are voicing skepticism about anything happening this year. In a recent meeting with his Republican leadership colleagues, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) joked that the House shouldn’t even remain in session in December. As the schedule stands now, the House anticipates being in session eight days next month, after working seven days in November.
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California, the No. 3 House Republican, told activists last week that there isn’t enough time to complete immigration reform this year.
While House Republican leaders are pretty much done legislating for the year – the American people are wondering what the GOP has actually done:
138 days in session – today is the 316th day of 2013 and this Congress has been in session for far less than half the year (43 percent).
47 laws – this is the worst showing of any Congress in history – even compared to the last GOP “do nothing” Congress: 80 laws passed in the first session of the 112th Congress
16 days – how long the Republican Government Shutdown lasted
$24 billion – amount analysts say was lost in economic output as a result of the GOP shutdown
46 votes – this week the GOP House will take its 46th vote to defund, delay or repeal the Affordable Care Act and the patient protections and budget savings contained within it
The American people want progress not obstruction.
Speaker Boehner and House Republicans might be done – but the work Congress should be doing for the American people is hardly finished.