In one of the most spectacular displays of Congressional malfeasance ever, House Republicans deliberately passed bills that they knew had no chance of passing in the Democratic-controlled Senate.Â One focused on, essentially, militarizing the U.S.-Mexico border and the other pulled back on President Obamaâ€™s ability to reduce the deportation of undocumented minors at the same border. Both were widely dismissed as un-passable by Congressional Democrats and a president that refused to sign it.
But they did manage to pass a wildly creative lawsuit against the president, accusing him of a Constitutional breach by not enforcing a law â€“ the Affordable Care Act â€“ that theyâ€™ve spent the last five years bombing with every political kitchen sink they could.
And then, like that, they went on a five-week break.
It pretty much sucks that Congress canâ€™t be measured in performance the same way we are.
If that were the case, perhaps elections â€“ like the Congressional midterms coming up â€“ would be based on tighter performance metrics like the number of bills passed rather than the much more amorphous â€œrecords.â€ Itâ€™s not like members of Congress are managers or executives beyond their own small staffs and budgets, which the House Committee on House Administration averaged at about $1.4 million (for Senate offices it ranges from $3 million to $4.7 million). So, if youâ€™re an average citizen with little knowledge of the machinations of Congress itâ€™s fair to ask: what record?
Record implies something tangible that youâ€™ve worked on or developed or produced.Â You could wager this is one major reason this particular Congress continues to get the worst public ratings of all time.