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10 Things Congress Left Undone Before Their Break

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6. Farm Bill

The Agriculture, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 passed the Senate and was sent to the House in June. The farm bill is normally a continual renewal, with little disagreement in its reauthorization. Not the case this year. The House narrowly passed its own version, eliminating portions that have been included for decades, including the SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) program. There is doubt that the two versions can be reconciled. Furthermore, the White House has threatened a veto of the House version.

7. Voting Rights

Even before the Supreme Court gutted the Voter Rights Act of 1965 in June, several bills were introduced to address voting issues, including redistricting, voter registration and access to voting. These were all aimed at making voting easier and fairer, none have made out of committee.

8. Infrastructure

As bridges collapse, our aging infrastructure is continuing to be ignored. President Obama has repeatedly talked of the need to create a program that focuses just on that – much like the WPA program of the 1930s and 1940s where millions were put to work on public works programs. Congress has not moved forward on any proposal.

9. Women’s Rights

Equal pay, equal rights, pregnant workers – the bills have been introduced, but none have made it out of committee. Though to be fair, the Equal Rights Amendment has been on the agenda since 1923. These things take time.

10. Climate Change

Yeah, we’re still waiting.

It’s only been seven months and there is a little less than eighteen months left in the session. That’s plenty of time to get things done. Of course, when they return on September 6th their first priority is to deal with the budget, which needs to be completed by September 30th to avoid a government shutdown.

Did I mention it has been four years since Congress has passed a budget?

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2:42AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

Looking back, we can now see how relevant these things are . . .

3:25AM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

only 10? Do they get anything done?

4:48PM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

Noted.

5:47PM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

and all this dilly dallying costs the taxpayer 34 Million a week!

12:36AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Thanks very much for this.

7:51AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

9:50PM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

One thing the Congress, aided and abetted by the 5 Injustices of SCOTUS, has managed to do is push the US closer to being a 3rd world country.

Boehner thought that Congress should evaluated on how many laws they repealed, not how many they passed. On that note, the Congress is a failure because, despite trying to repeal Obamacare 40 times, they haven't succeeded.

1:37PM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

good info

3:35AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Oh God, please... Give it a rest. Just b/c someone is not a 100% sell-out to liberalism does not make them a republican & being a full-on republican is no worse than being a full-on liberal. This party line madness is old. Divide & conquer is obviously working.

3:06AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

This is vulture capitalism, applied to America.

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