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:
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 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.)
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
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.