The Ineptness of Congress

4 10 2013
These folks... Photo: www.reuters.com

These folks… Photo: http://www.reuters.com

By now, we all know that Congress has failed to pass a bill to fund Federal government operations, thus creating what has been popularly called a government shutdown. (And if you don’t know the basic details of this issue, please at least read this article so you don’t find yourself getting made fun of by Jimmy Kimmel on national TV anytime soon.)

But what you may not know is just how inefficient they’ve been even before this debacle. Well, since I didn’t want to completely scare you all, I’m only going to give the number of all the bills they have yet to pass in 2013 (or as the GovTrack.US site says, the bills and resolutions currently before the United States Congress) — 5, 588. These include some biggies, like:

H.R. 2083: Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act

H.J.Res. 71: District of Columbia Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014

H.R. 2756: Redistricting and Voter Protection Act of 2013

S. 1: Immigration Reform that Works for America’s Future Act

S. 707: Student Loan Affordability Act of 2013

You know, because these aren’t that important, right? <– sarcastic font.

And here are the few times they have been able to come to some sort of agreement (from January to July 2013) courtesy of Slate.com.

HR 258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013 (A new version of the law against claiming, falsely, to be a veteran. The last version was struck down by SCOTUS.)

HR 325: No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 (The punt that delayed the debt limit.)

HR 475: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines.

HR 1246: District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Vacancy Act

HR 1765: Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 (The sequestration “fix” that put air traffic controllers back to work.)

S 716: A bill to modify the requirements under the STOCK Act regarding online access to certain financial disclosure statements and related forms. (A disemboweling of the ban on insider trading by Hill staffers.)

S 47: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

HR 307: Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013

S 622: Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Reauthorization Act of 2013

HR 41: Hurricane Sandy relief bill

HR 152: Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013

HR 933: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013

HR 360: To award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley to commemorate the lives they lost 50 years ago in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

HR 1071: To specify the size of the precious-metal blanks that will be used in the production of the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins.

The Freedom to Fish Act, which opens boating access around dams in Kentucky and bill sponsor Sen. Lamar Alexander’s native Tennessee.

Yes, that’s right — only fifteen effing times!

Sigh. And Public Enemy thought 911 was a joke.

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