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Robert Longley

Congress Starts, Then Stops

By January 10, 2013

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When the 113th U.S. Congress started its first session on January 3, Speaker of the House John Boehner told the House and Senate, "... we are sent here not to be something, but to do something..." So the next day, the 113th Congress rolled up its sleeves and did something. First they passed one bill. Then, they voted to take the next two weeks off. Whew!

The bill Congress passed on January 4 was H.R. 41, allowing FEMA to borrow an additional $9.7 billion to pay National Flood Insurance program claims resulting from Hurricane Sandy. The $9.7 billion is just a part of the $60.4 billion in spending included in what critics have called the "pork-filled" bill H.R. 1 - Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Assistance.

With the $9.7 billion spent, Congress then passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 3, providing for a "conditional" adjournment or recess of Congress until January 21.

Now, the adjournment is "conditional," meaning that the Majority Leader of the Senate and the Speaker of the House could summon the members back to D.C. before January 21 should something come up they feel is important enough that "the public interest shall warrant it."

Yes, the U.S. government is expected to again exceed its debt limit by February 15, and we all remember what goes along with that. But congressional leadership has already decided that defaulting on a $15 trillion debt and having to shutdown many government functions will not be that important.

Of course, Congress will be very busy when it returns on January 21, spending the day and long into the night presiding over President Obama's inauguration.

Also See: House to Be In Session Only 126 Days in 2013


January 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm
(1) HANK HILL says:


January 16, 2013 at 12:26 am
(2) Tom Dwyer says:

What they now do in three days they use to take five days. The moral of this story is when they are gone they can’t hurt you!

January 16, 2013 at 10:18 am
(3) Bob Hutton says:

I think we need to get rid of all Congressman and Senators and start over from scratch. Plus take away all the perks(medical,lifetime same pay) and make them do everything and pay everything just like private citizens and be governed by the rules they pass instead of being exempt. Maybe then we’d get some decent representation instead of just someone looking for the easy life while not doing a darn thing and spending less time working then most kids do in school.
I’m quite sure this isn’t what our original founding fathers wanted when they started this whole thing–the way it is now, it’s all a big joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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