Democrats shirking their du­ties

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - MICHAEL B. ABRAMSON At­lanta

It is dis­ap­point­ing that the Democrats are not work­ing on leg­isla­tive mat­ters with the same zeal and in­ten­sity with which they are pur­su­ing im­peach­ment.

For the past sev­eral months, Pres­i­dent Trump has ex­pressed de­sire to pass leg­is­la­tion on tra­di­tional Demo­crat ob­jec­tives, such as in­fras­truc­ture and pre­scrip­tion-drug re­form. If the Democrats wanted to help the Amer­i­can peo­ple in these ar­eas, they would have held hear­ings on these mat­ters, drafted bills and ne­go­ti­ated with the White House and Repub­li­cans. But they haven’t. In con­trast to their slow­ness in pur­su­ing ben­e­fi­cial leg­is­la­tion, how­ever, the Democrats are so fo­cused on im­peach­ment that, even though Congress is in re­cess, the Democrats are stay­ing in Wash­ing­ton and hold­ing hear­ings on im­peach­ment-re­lated mat­ters. Democrats hardly ever work in Wash­ing­ton dur­ing a re­cess, even when the gov­ern­ment is fac­ing a shut­down.

The Democrats’ ac­tion and work ethic on im­peach­ment shows their abil­ity to fo­cus and work hard on mat­ters they find im­por­tant. Un­for­tu­nately, it also demon­strates that pass­ing leg­is­la­tion which ben­e­fits the Amer­i­can peo­ple does not rank high on the Democrats’ pri­or­ity list.

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