CONGRESS SLOUCHES BACK TO WORK

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

It could be a lazy sea­son for the U.S. Congress, which has me­an­dered back to Capi­tol Hill with lit­tle mo­ti­va­tion:

“Congress re­turns to work to do the bare min­i­mum,” pre­dicts the As­so­ci­ated Press. The crit­ics point out that is­sues like im­mi­gra­tion, tax re­form and the Key­stone XL pipe­line will lan­guish. “Veto bait,” points out Andrew Tay­lor, an AP po­lit­i­cal writer.

The pub­lic is watch­ing, how­ever, and they con­tinue to be irked. A mere 9 per­cent of likely vot­ers say in­cum­bents should be re-elected in Novem­ber, ac­cord­ing to a new Ras­mussen Poll. Mean­while, the vot­ers also think elected of­fi­cials are not worth it. Seven out of 10 say mem­bers of Congress are “paid too much,” this ac­cord­ing to a new YouGov sur­vey of 1,000 re­spon­dents. The sen­ti­ment is com­mon: 67 per­cent of Repub­li­cans, 65 per­cent of Democrats and 73 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents agree.

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