Most Americans get two or, perhaps, three weeks’ vacation each year. This is worth remembering as Aug. 3 approaches. That’s when lawmakers start their five-week summer break, at the end of which they’ll return briefly to Capitol Hill before begging voters to let them stay on the job for another term.
To write “on the job” is ironic, for it is a plain fact, reflected in their abysmal 17 percent approval rating, that lawmakers are not doing their jobs.
Their lack of performance gets worse by the day. It’s 1,181 days since the Senate passed a budget, which means the upper chamber has failed in its most basic duty for longer than John F. Kennedy was president.
It’s not just the Senate. House members, too, are leaving town after a feckless period of quasi-legislating in which bills have been considered primarily as a means to look good at the expense of opponents before the November election.
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