Congress found time to introduce a resolution to recognize magic as "a rare and magical art form and national treasure.
Sometime ago I considered writing a series of weekly articles about relevant legislation passed or pending in Washington. In fact, I wrote several articles on that subject and am sure to write more in the future. However, I soon abandoned that idea because of lack of material. While there is plenty of legislation and deal making going on in Washington, at least during the few days they are actually in session each year, very little legislation ever makes it to the floor that will have a positive impact on most Americans lives; most is not even appropriate for Congressional consideration; and a great deal of legislation is completely irrelevant.
After closely monitoring the Congressional agenda over an extended period, I only confirmed what most of us already knew: the vast majority of what Congress does is a complete waste of time and money. So much of it is only worth sharing as comical relief.
Last week, while Congress did not find time to impose term limits on themselves, they did find time to introduce a resolution to recognize magic as “a rare and magical art form and national treasure.” In case you assume that was done by some silly Democrats, you would be wrong. We owe this one to our House Republicans.
While Congress did not see fit to eliminate any of the unnecessary, unconstitutional, or duplicative federal agencies that still exist, the Senate found time to vote 96-0 to move forward with civil contempt proceedings — first time in over 20 years. The resolution holds Backpage.com in civil contempt for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena in a sex trafficking probe. I have to wonder why that could not have been addressed on the state level rather than the federal level.
While Congress did not take time to pass a Balanced Budget Act, the Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) approved a broad mental health bill as well as four substance abuse bills.
Then there was this: “House Ways and Means advanced bill that would require people who improperly receive insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act to repay overpayments.” What? We needed a bill to collect overpayments made by the government?
Continuing their efforts to redistribute wealth from the productive to the non-productive and irresponsible, Senate Democrats plan to introduce two bills that would give Puerto Rico the power to restructure all of its bond debt. Now where are all the fiscally responsible Republicans who oppose more bailouts for losers? Opposing these insane bailout proposals is a sure winner with most Americans, but again the GOP seems to be AWOL on the matter. Maybe both Democrats and Republicans should just keep their focus on really important things like naming and renaming monuments and Federal buildings. At least then they are doing no harm.
To close on a more positive note, House GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduced a bill that would gradually cut federal funding for unauthorized programs. And the House Freedom Caucus is opposing the Obama/Boehner budget proposal that was released and approved by the House Budget Committee.
Thanks to all of you who let your elected representatives know you want the lower budget advanced, not the Obama/Boehner budget.
Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.
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