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. One focused on, essentially, militarizing the U.S.-Mexico border and the other pulled back on President Obama’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 – the Affordable Care Act – that they’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 can’t be measured in performance the same way we are.
If that were the case, perhaps elections – like the Congressional midterms coming up – would be based on tighter performance metrics like the number of bills passed rather than the much more amorphous “records.” It’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 you’re an average citizen with little knowledge of the machinations of Congress it’s fair to ask: what record?
Record implies something tangible that you’ve worked on or developed or produced. You could wager this is one major reason this particular Congress continues to get the worst public ratings of all time.