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Any day now: The congressional GOP crawl

March 20, 2017 at 6:44 am 5 Fresh Ink
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Congress will never be accused of working overtime. And for the most part, the less time lawmakers spend in Washington, the less damage they can do creating new laws and regulations.

But Republicans who campaigned last year on an ambitious agenda of regulatory reforms aren’t exactly blazing trails with new legislation.

At the end of two months, the House spent just 31 days at work in Washington and the Senate spent 30, reports Genevieve Wood for The Daily Signal. At this rate, members of both chambers are on the same pace as the 114th Congress, when the House averaged 13 days in session per month and the Senate averaged 14 days.

Then there’s this: The Republican majority in both chambers tends to move slower on party priorities then Democrats do when they hold the whip hand, Ms. Wood notes. In his first term, President George W. Bush signed no legislation until June 2001. In comparison, President Obama signed six significant pieces of legislation in his first 100 days. The nearly $1 trillion stimulus and the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization both were signed by mid-February.

“The idea that at this rate (Republicans) will succeed in repealing ObamaCare, protecting the border, reforming the tax code, overhauling regulations and making good on other campaign promises they made is increasingly questionable,” writes Wood.

If reform-minded Republicans intend to make a dent in their campaign promises, they better get to work — now.

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  1. rwelch March 20, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Starting by ending the H-1b program. As an alternative, I am also OK with primarying the lot of them.

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  2. oleteabag March 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    These damned WORTHLESS, GUTLESS RINOS need to stop AIDING and ABETTING the TREASONOUS Commucrats’ efforts to stage a COUP against our LEGALLY elected President, get off their sorry, career politician, over-entitled FANNIES and do their DAMNED JOBS, or get the HELL OUT.

    I’ve really HAD it with these people. Lord have mercy. President Trump is trying to save the country from the globalist VERMIN ALL BY HIMSELF, with BOTH hands handcuffed behind him, because he SURE is NOT getting any help from these so-called Republicans who are too busy stabbing him in the back to care what happens to the country because of their TREACHERY. Just color me TOTALLY DISGUSTED.

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    ltuser March 20, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    IMO call them in for an all hands session and LOCK THE FRIKKEN DOORS till they get at least HALF of the pending work done. DO NOT LET THEM OUT till then.

    NO WHERE else can you work LESS and get paid MORE than in the halls of congress…

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    • chuckyb March 20, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Took the words right out my mouth before I could say them. Exactly what we need.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser March 21, 2017 at 2:07 am

      Normally it is You that beats me to the punch (so to speak).. Glad the table has turned!

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