As lawmakers prepared for their annual August recess, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blasted the record of Congress in 2013, saying, "it's an aimless Congress, that is falling into chaos, it's a make matters worse Congress."
As Republicans pack their bags to head out of Washington for five weeks today, they certainly haven't earned their break. Unless you consider passing the 40th measure against the Affordable Care Act to be some sort of achievement. The latest pointless measure to repeal or dismantle Obamacare at least had a catchy title: Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. And it was approved 232-185, with four Democrats (Reps. John Barrow (GA), Jim Matheson (UT), Mike McIntyre (NC), and Collin Peterson (MN))joining Republicans in supporting the bill, reports the Hill.
And while Republicans spend time on bills that are destined to go nowhere, important fiscal issues are not being addressed. Pelosi harshly criticized the GOP, saying that it will be difficult for them to explain to voters how little Congress has achieved this year.