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Congressional Time Well Spent?

Well, it’s late in May and the Republicans have had some time to settle into their new offices after the mid-term rout.  Our economy is still in the tank, with an almost non-existent housing market, and unemployment floating around nine percent.  If the old guys got the message from the election, and the new guys are doing what they promised, we would expect to see a lot of action on America’s miserable financial state, right?  Not quite.  I recall the old saying “It takes an act of Congress” to do something, meaning it is almost impossible to accomplish.  This is apparently still true for the important issues this Country faces.  Just as apparently not so for the irrelevant baloney that burns valuable Congressional time and resources on a daily basis.  Here for your perusal, is a selection of Congressional business from the last couple days.  Both D’s and R’s are hitting it hard.  I just wish they would direct their energy at the important things.

May 26, 2011 – Bill Action
Introduced: S.J.Res. 17: A joint resolution approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003.
Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY] introduced this bill.

May 26, 2011 – Bill Action
Introduced: H.R. 2030: To establish centers of excellence for green infrastructure, and for other purposes.
Rep. Donna Edwards [D-MD4] introduced this bill.

May 26, 2011 – Bill Action
Introduced H.R. 2033: To authorize and support psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis data collection, to express the sense of the Congress to encourage and leverage public and private investment in psoriasis research with a particular focus on interdisciplinary collaborative research on the relationship between psoriasis and its co morbid conditions, and for other purposes.
Rep. Jim Gerlach [R-PA6] introduced this bill.

May 26, 2011 – Bill Action
Introduced: H.Res. 284: Honoring wild horses and burros as important to our national heritage.
Rep. Raul Grijalva [D-AZ7] introduced this bill.

May 26, 2011 – Bill Action
Introduced: H.Res. 285: Expressing support for designation of June 2011 as “National Aphasia Awareness Month” and supporting efforts to increase awareness of aphasia.
Rep. Edward Markey [D-MA7] introduced this bill.

May 26, 2011 – Bill Action
Passed Senate: S.Res. 204: A resolution designating June 7, 2011, as “National Hunger Awareness Day”.
Passed Senate by Unanimous Consent.

May 25, 2011 – Bill Action
Introduced: H.Res. 279: Raising awareness of the risk of internal bleeding for patients taking anti-coagulant drugs.
Rep. Ben Chandler [D-KY6] introduced this bill.

May 25, 2011 – Bill Action
Introduced: S. 1063: A bill to allow for the harvest of gull eggs by the Huna Tlingit people within Glacier Bay National Park in the State of Alaska.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK] introduced this bill.

May 25, 2011 – Bill Action
Introduced: S. 1069: A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on certain footwear, and for other purposes.
Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA] introduced this bill.

May 25, 2011 – Bill Action
Introduced: S.Res. 199: A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of “Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week”.
Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV] introduced this bill.

May 24, 2011 – Bill Action
Introduced: S.Con.Res. 22: A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that John Arthur “Jack” Johnson should receive a posthumous pardon for the racially motivated conviction in 1913 that diminished the athletic, cultural, and heroic significance of Jack Johnson and unduly tarnished his reputation.
Sen. John McCain [R-AZ] introduced this bill.

May 24, 2011 – Bill Action
Introduced: H.Con.Res. 54: Expressing the sense of the Congress that the Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Greece.
Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10] introduced this bill.

Introduced: H.Res. 275: Honoring the 113th anniversary of the independence of the Philippines.
Rep. Laura Richardson [D-CA37] introduced this bill.

May 24, 2011 – Bill Action
Introduced: H.Res. 277: Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the inaugural Indianapolis 500 held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1911.
Rep. André Carson [D-IN7] introduced this bill.

May 24, 2011 – Bill Action
Introduced: S.Res. 196: A resolution calling upon the Government of Turkey to facilitate the reopening of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Theological School of Halki without condition or further delay.
Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD] introduced this bill.

May 24, 2011 – Bill Action
Passed Senate: S.Res. 198: A resolution congratulating the Alaska Aces hockey team on winning the 2011 Kelly Cup and becoming the East Coast Hockey League champions for the second time in team history.
Passed Senate by Unanimous Consent.

If this doesn’t make you angry, it should.

Originally posted on 05/29/2011 at ConservativeCompass.com

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