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Congress Gets Back to Doing Nothing

12 Sep 2012

Congress Gets Back to Doing Nothing

In POLITICO, with the convention pomp and pageantry over, another production now begins on Capitol Hill – this one featuring meaningless show votes and theatrical hearings. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) will hold an oversight hearing this week titled: The Obama Administration’s Abuse of Power. House GOP leaders will try to pass a bill to roll back automatic defense cuts – a bid to undo a law many of them supported in the first place. And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will continue to push a central plank of the Romney-Ryan campaign: a vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law. Democrats are in the game, too, putting up jobs bills that have no Republican support and little chance of passing. To add more fuel to the ‘do-nothing Congress’ label, at least one chamber – the Democratic-led Senate – could adjourn as early as Sept. 21 for another seven-week recess, coming on the heels of the five-week August recess.

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