The 113th Congress is taking a five-week recess after the exhausting labor of not passing hundreds of bills, and is among the least productive in history. Of course, Congress only spends three days a week in DC even when it is in session, spending the other four back home collecting campaign funds for the next election, a practice euphemistically called “meeting with constituents.” They’ll be back September 8th for a dozen workdays, then adjourn until after the election in November.
This Congress was so ineffective that even the protesters didn’t bother to show up.
“Congress jets to five-week recess,” Peter Sullivan, The Hill
“Congress Off for the Exits, but Few Cheer,” Jonathan Weisman and Ashley Parker, New York Times
“Congress continues its streak of passing few significant laws,” Drew DeSilver, Pew Research Center
“As Congress Breaks, Inaction Remains Most Notable Action,” David Welna, NPR
“From Now Till Election, Congress to Make Itself Scarce,” Caitlin Huey-Burns, Real Clear Politics
“Jon Stewart blasts Congress for taking unearned vacation,” Joanna Rothkopf, Salon
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