May old encumbrance be forgot, and never brought to mind . . . .”
– Singer and retired Federal employee Joe Hickerson.
WASHINGTON, DC, October 1 — Today Federal employees throughout the Washington region and across the country observe their traditional holiday, the Fiscal New Year. Fiscal 2012 ended at midnight last night; today is the start of Fiscal Year 2013 (FY 2013 for short).
The weeks leading up to Fiscal New Year’s Eve were hectic with preparation of the Continuing Resolution. The “CR” is legislation allowing the U.S. government to function despite the resolute inaction of our Republican House of Representatives. It provides funding for a few months for the activities of civil servants who actually do the work citizens need while politicians bloviate about petty, symbolic issues to distract the media and voters.
Thanks to grandstanding by obstructionist Tea Party Republicans, the 122th Congress goes into the record book as the least productive session since the Civil War, passing fewer than 200 laws. The “Do-Nothing Congress” Harry Truman faced passed 906. Remember that when incumbent Republicans ask for your vote.
From Capitol Hill, NotionsCapital wishes a Happy FY 2013 to you and yours.
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