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July 10, 2014

WALLACE: Playing politics as usual

Tonawanda News — The immigration crisis is just the most recent example of how dysfunctional Washington, D.C. is right now. 

Even now when President Obama presents an emergency spending bill to Congress to help with the border crisis that the Republicans have so desperately wanted, these same Republicans are threatening to vote down the bill. Why? Politics of course.

The Republican leaders in Congress are so stubborn and worried about the next election that they would even threaten to vote down proposed legislation that they want just because it is being asked for by the President. 

We have a Democratic majority Senate, a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a Democrat in the White House. Now this is not the first time divisions such as these have been present but this is heading into a historic time when the Republican-controlled Congress may become one of the most dysfunctional ever, being unable to get any of the people’s work done at all.

Things have gotten so bad that Speaker of the House John Boehner wants to sue the President because he is using what the speaker considers “too many executive actions” and circumventing Congress in the process. 

The President says he feels he has no other choice when facing the wall that is Congress but to circumvent them and get things done on his own. And statistics show that this is the most “do nothing” Congress in recent history.

An article from the Washington Post states that “in terms of actual laws or bills passed, the 113th Congress is headed toward historic levels of unproductivity.”

The New York Times has written that “this House is on track to produce the lowest number of legislative proposals since the Clinton administration. Through mid-May, representatives introduced 18 percent fewer bills compared with the same point in the previous Congress. That’s the largest drop between Congresses in the period beginning in 1995, when Republicans overturned decades of Democratic rule in the House. The number of lawmakers who have introduced at least 25 proposals has fallen by nearly two-thirds compared with the previous Congress. The number who have produced five or fewer pieces of legislation has jumped 81 percent.”

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