Several issues here:
- Are debates and votes on Capitol Hill the sole job of a House of Representative member? Or are they supposed to also interact with the people they supposedly represent back in the district?
- With Congress grid-locked, is there really a point in passing more bills that will get stuck in the Senate?
- It doesn’t seem like they cut benefits, but refused to extend them. When Congress passes a bill that affects a change for a limited amount of time due to a short term purpose (for example, stimulating the economy in 2009), is it reasonable to expect that change to be permanent? Very often the very short nature of the change is how the extra expense gets approved in the first place.
- Nice term “GOP Congress”. It makes it seem as if the Democrats were working hard while the Republicans were lazy. Looking at the table, the Democratic Congress of 2009-2010 didn’t work much harder. Also, while according to the Huffington Post only 126 working day were planned, 160 legislative days actually happened.
h/t Frank Earl