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Cleveland: CItizens discuss 'do-little' Congress

4:46 PM, Aug 6, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The present 112th Congress is on track to be the least productive session since recordkeeping began.

Harry Truman labelled the 1947-48 Congress as the "Do-Nothing" Congress. That session turned more than 900 bills into laws.

By that measurement, the present session is on track to shatter the record. Some are calling it the worst session ever.

So far, the 112th Congress has produced just 127 laws. Many involve renaming branch post offices, handling real estate transactions or renewing existing laws.

When the session wraps up this year, the bar for doing little will be set much lower. What if the rest of us performed that way on our jobs?

Lakewood resident Kyle Weigand said, "We probably wouldn't be employed any more than a month."

Vermilion resident Al Gallo observed, "They haven't done much for what they are getting paid for. I wouldn't think much of them."

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has repealed the President's Health Care plan 33 times.

All are symbolic gestures, since the U.S. Senate supports the measure.

Solon resident Tony Brown said, "It's just grandstanding up there...Everybody is showboating."

The Senate has not passed a budget bill since 2009.

Cuyahoga Falls resident Mary Altieri said, "You just feel  like they are not really there for you."

Congress began a five-week getaway that many will spend campaigning to get reelected.

It left without addressing tax cuts that expire and massive budget cuts that kick in next year.

The budget cuts are poised to happen because a Supercommittee could not agree on minimal spending cuts.

Some might argue that the fewer laws Congress passes the better. But the lack of cooperation and compromise is taking a toll.

14th District Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette announced his retirement because he is frustrated by the polarized environment and gridlocked process.

Channel 3 intends to explore ideas to improve Congress' productivity and performance in upcoming reports on what's possible.

WKYC-TV

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