Congress to give itself a long vacation?

posted at 9:30 am on September 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Normally, people take vacations only after making sure that they are fully caught up on their work.  Not in Washington DC, however.  The House may call it quits as early as this Friday, taking an early recess in order to allow members to campaign in their home districts, assuming any of them have the nerve to show their faces:

House leaders are considering adjourning as early as the end of this week, which would give lawmakers five and a half weeks to campaign before the Nov. 2 election but could also leave them exposed to allegations that they didn’t finish their work in Washington.

The House hasn’t adjourned before Sept. 30 in an election year since 1960.

Well, maybe this Congress has been the best one in 50 years … right?  Er, no.  Not only has the 111th Session of the House failed to produce a budget for the fiscal year starting in nine days, they haven’t even produced the necessary budget resolutions that precede the appropriations.  Instead, they’re trying to get a continuing resolution passed to keep government operating for a few weeks while Democrats attempt to convince voters that this amounts to leadership.

Who do they blame for this problem?  Guess:

There’s been no decision made yet, and insiders caution that the scenario is dependent upon the Senate and House completing action on a stopgap spending bill to keep government agencies running through the election. But a House leadership aide said they are working with the Senate to pass the spending measure, known as a continuing resolution, “as soon as possible, so we’ll see if Republicans expose how extreme they are to the American people by standing in the way (of the measure) and risking shutting down the government.”

Let’s have a small reality check here.  Democrats have a 77-seat majority in the House and an 18-seat majority in the Senate.  On budget matters, the filibuster does not exist; remember “reconciliation”?  Republicans have no means to stand in the way of Democrats on continuing resolutions or budgets.

The only reason Democrats haven’t produced a budget is political cowardice.  They will either have to cut spending, raise taxes, or see an enormous budget deficit in FY2011.  They don’t want to cut spending, and voters will send them into the wilderness for a generation if they hike taxes before the midterms.  They want to wait until the elections are over to hike taxes and show yet another massive deficit.

This session of Congress should definitely go away.  It should also never come back.


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williars on September 21, 2010 at 9:32 AM

The Bush TEMPORARY Tax Cuts

do they expire during the break?

maverick muse on September 21, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Man, this lame duck session after November 2 is gonna get ugly.

Doughboy on September 21, 2010 at 9:33 AM

dnlchisholm on September 21, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Your constant Romney-spamming is REALLY getting on my nerves. I rarely call for banning except in cases of death threats or throwing frozen asparagus during the HA food fights, but in your case I might reconsider.

Bishop on September 21, 2010 at 9:34 AM

On budget matters, the filibuster does not exist; remember “reconciliation”? Republicans have no means to stand in the way of Democrats on continuing resolutions or budgets.

doesn’t matter, folks not knowing this process will believe the dems that it’s all the gop’s fault…

pathetic, but the dems will do whatever it takes

cmsinaz on September 21, 2010 at 9:35 AM

The smell of desperation is in the air.

kingsjester on September 21, 2010 at 9:36 AM

As for the demorats, you would think the last thing they would want is more face-time in front of their angry constituents. At least if they are in DC they can claim they are busy and just can’t make it to town halls and such.

Bishop on September 21, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Actually, things should be better when they’re not a work.

Shy Guy on September 21, 2010 at 9:36 AM

On budget matters, the filibuster does not exist; remember “reconciliation”? Republicans have no means to stand in the way of Democrats on continuing resolutions or budgets.

I don’t think they can do reconciliation, as that process reconciles a previously passed budget. And they have none.

Obamacare was reconciled because the budget passed for the previous year had had a provision inserted in it to allow for the reconciliation.

Since they used up that reconciliation, they have none, and must go the resolution alternative until they pass a new, official budget,

Wethal on September 21, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Not only has the 111th Session of the House failed to produce a budget for the fiscal year starting in nine days, they haven’t even produced the necessary budget resolutions that precede the appropriations.

Try operating any part of the Federal government (including DOD) on continuing resolutions, it does not work. Pretty much everything will be on hold until January 2011. I call BS. They know they can’t even think about doing a budget for FY 2011 until after the elections. If they did, every single Dem would be out when John Q. Public actually found out how much it was.

Johnnyreb on September 21, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Normally I’m against long vacations, but with this Congress I’ll make an exception. I wouldn’t even mind footing the bill for them at a hotel. Just as long as it is the Graybar Hotel.

rbj on September 21, 2010 at 9:38 AM

They are trying to save their phony balogney jobs. And if they’re out of town, Scooter can’t force them to pass something else stupid.

kingsjester on September 21, 2010 at 9:38 AM

This session of Congress should definitely go away. It should also never come back.

Well said!

jeanie on September 21, 2010 at 9:39 AM

SHUT IT DOWN! Hey. That sounds good to me.

j_galt on September 21, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Not only has the 111th Session of the House failed to produce a budget for the fiscal year starting in nine days, they haven’t even produced the necessary budget resolutions that precede the appropriations.

In the absence of a budget or budget resolutions, how did the Senate use the budget reconciliation process to pass the Medical Takeover “fixes” necessary to get that monstrosity passed in the House?

Created in a budget resolution in 1974 as part of the congressional budget process, the reconciliation process is utilized when Congress issues directives to legislate policy changes in mandatory spending (entitlements) or revenue programs (tax laws) to achieve the goals in spending and revenue contemplated by the budget resolution.

forest on September 21, 2010 at 9:41 AM

I hear Joe Perry playing the lead in “Permanent Vacation.”

shick on September 21, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Your constant Romney-spamming is REALLY getting on my nerves. I rarely call for banning except in cases of death threats or throwing frozen asparagus during the HA food fights, but in your case I might reconsider.

Bishop on September 21, 2010 at 9:34 AM

He/she is also spamming over at AOS HQ. Exact same post, even the odd spelling.

Johnnyreb on September 21, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Why don’t they just make a budget up, and then pass it so we can find out what’s in it?

ornery_independent on September 21, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Some enterprising janitor in the Congress buildings should leave boxes outside the doors of all the ‘rats who will be leaving after November, maybe a post-it note on the door saying “Please dust before you leave.”

Bishop on September 21, 2010 at 9:43 AM

9:31 to hijack the thread

Mitt Romney is a true conservative. He has a record of success in family, education, career, and government.

Mitt Romney is hardly SELF MADE since he was born into a wealthy and politically connected family, and provided the finest that money could provide. His independent wealth was gained via those very connections, willing to invest in his enterprises. That he knows how to play the system hardly makes him the “financial wizard”. If he were such, he’d never have promoted MittCare that he staunchly defended even as it entered bankruptcy in Massachusetts.

“Why is your guy/gal silent on this hot-button issue?” — “Why wasn’t your candidate a speaker at THIS convention?!” — “RINO this, RINO, that!”

He remained silent during the TARP debate.

His latest appearances were on behalf of McCain’s senate primary.

So those points critical of Mitt are well founded.

Finally, the linked article began critical of gross federal spending. And the last campaign desperate Mitt promises in Michigan were for GOVERNMENT SPENDING TO BAIL THEM OUT.

Mitt sank his own potus ship.

maverick muse on September 21, 2010 at 9:43 AM

They’ve tapped out the credit card, the checking account is overdrawn, what’s left? Barter? How much is a million metric tons of BS worth?

cartooner on September 21, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Congress to give itself a long vacation?

Just a prelude. We’re getting ready to give a lot of you a long vacation. Well deserved too.

Oldnuke on September 21, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Hopefully the voters will give many a permanent vacation!

GFW on September 21, 2010 at 9:45 AM

When I first saw this on Drudge last night, my immediate thought was “The Democrats just gave a huge gift to every Republican running for Congress”.

“My opponent decided it was more important to come home and campaign than to actually do his job. They adjourned three weeks early, and yet, for the first time ever, the House will not even propose a budget. That’s the House’s primary responsibility. Do we really need more ‘leadership’ like this?”

That would be my main campaign ad, and I would make sure it runs every day between now and the election.

Chris of Rights on September 21, 2010 at 9:46 AM

The up side of an extended vacation is that when they are out of washington, they can’t spend our money!

GFW on September 21, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Man, this lame duck session after November 2 is gonna get ugly.

Doughboy on September 21, 2010 at 9:33 AM

More like MAD DUCK or MAD DAWG session.
We need a vacine to clean out the pound.

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 21, 2010 at 9:47 AM

LOL at the first paragraph from the link at 9:31.

Mitt Romney:

I’m a self-proclaimed Tea Party member. It is my understanding the Tea Party movement consists of an ever-growing group of concerned citizens who protest rampant spending in Washington, and the misuse of federal power over individual liberties. I’m happy to be a part of that group.

We’re not happy to have you. We don’t want you, and we don’t believe you.

Chris of Rights on September 21, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Pelosi memo to Democrats: We’re going to adjourn early this year so you can go back to your home districts with plenty of time to brag about all this wonderful legislation we passed. Be sure to read this legislation, so you’ll know what’s in it.

(Note: We will be having a farewell BBQ on Thursday for Barbara Boxer)

Rovin on September 21, 2010 at 9:49 AM

as if 3 more/extra weeks of campaigning could help tnem: HAH!

reliapundit on September 21, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Bishop on September 21, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Bishop – he isn’t listening. After he dropped his load, he was on waiting to post early on another item and he won’t be back. It is like crop dusting.

barnone on September 21, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Congratulations – worst Congress ever, the debate is over.

The only vacation Democrats deserve is to lay on a beach of crap, with waves of urine washing upon them.

NoDonkey on September 21, 2010 at 9:55 AM

I think every single Repub running against an incumbent Dem should run an ad with said Dem’s picture that says:

“Voted for Cap & Trade” Check
“Voted for Obamacare” Check
“Voted for TARP & Stimulus” Check

“Voted on a budget as required by the Constitution?” A BIG X.

If you want someone in Washington who will stand up for your values and the Constitution, vote “INSERT NAME HERE.”

That’s it. Run that ad in every district, in every county, on loop. Force them to run on their record.

UnderstandingisPower on September 21, 2010 at 9:57 AM

These people are self destructing. They forego a federal budget so they can leave early to campaign.

Of course they have billions of taxpayer money to spend so they have to get started.

darwin on September 21, 2010 at 9:58 AM

This is comical. They can’t pass a budget so they go on vacation. I can see Obama doing the same thing. FORE!
This government is a bigger joke than ever. I really hope the fools who voted these idiots in are watching.

ORconservative on September 21, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Let these ass wipes go on vacation and stay there; we’re better off with this bunch no where near the halls of Congress. Effing criminals!

Keemo on September 21, 2010 at 10:01 AM

UnderstandingisPower on September 21, 2010 at 9:57 AM

You betcha. And mention Pelosi 6 or 8 times too.

forest on September 21, 2010 at 10:01 AM

(Note: We will be having a farewell BBQ on Thursday for Barbara Boxer)

Rovin on September 21, 2010 at 9:49 AM

God I hope so!

Keemo on September 21, 2010 at 10:02 AM

As it stands right now, congressional Democrats in non-safe districts — i.e. pretty much anyone not named Nancy Pelosi — aren’t even doing traditional campaigning when they are at home. They’re only appearing before hand-picked crowds, where access can be limited by organizers and dissenters can be kept away (though as Monday’s Obama-CNBC Town Hall showed, even that strategerie isn’t foolproof right now).

Leaving Washington early without doing the basic job you’re supposed to do, and then spending six weeks around your district or state basically acting like someone in the witness protection program, figures to be counter-productive in the end, if their Republican challengers point out the incumbent is both ducking his duties in D.C. and ducking his constituents at home.

jon1979 on September 21, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Is there any way to prevent a lame duck session from doing anything? I am seriously concerned that they will try to pass all kinds of crap while knowing they will not be around to take the heat for it. There has to be some way of preventing this.

JohnTheBuilder on September 21, 2010 at 10:07 AM

This session of Congress should definitely go away. It should also never come back.

You got that right, and a lot of them won’t be coming back. I love that there are now 2 semi truck trailers alongside two major interstates in the Shenandoah Valley, I81 and I64, with huge banners on them saying

CONGRESS HAS FAILED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. VOTE ALL THE INCUMBENTS OUT!

scalleywag on September 21, 2010 at 10:07 AM

That train left the station when the American people foolishly elected idiot Democrats to positions of power.

NoDonkey on September 21, 2010 at 10:09 AM

am seriously concerned that they will try to pass all kinds of crap while knowing they will not be around to take the heat for it. There has to be some way of preventing this.

JohnTheBuilder on September 21, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Well this Congress used non-traditional means to pass Obamacare, so they proved that they can pretty much do anything they want to without the Republicans saying a word.

Johnnyreb on September 21, 2010 at 10:09 AM

As far as I’m concerned, they can go ahead and shut down for the remainder of the year.

Vyce on September 21, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Obama: “We understand that the economy is still struggling, but we’re moving in the right direction”.

RCP and Gallop Polls:

Congressional job approval:

Gallop 9/13 – 9/16 18% approve, 77% disapprove

Direction of the Country:

RCP Average—- Right direction, 31.3% Wrong track, 61.4%

Perhaps that “right direction” is the country about to purge the left.

Rovin on September 21, 2010 at 10:19 AM

This session of Congress should definitely go away.  It should also never come back.

+100000 !

Maybe instead of a vacation, they should work a little while in the private sector and find how wealth is Really produced.

Chip on September 21, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Sure, take off (ya hosers)!
The American people should form a cordon around the Capitol, and House and Senate Office buildings to make sure they don’t get back in between November 3 and January 2011, when the new Congress is sworn in. After all, if you can skedaddle without having completed your work and your intentions are suspect for what you intend to do during the lam duck session, you’ve created a very good case for locking you out altogether until your terms expire.

ya2daup on September 21, 2010 at 10:23 AM

ya2daup on September 21, 2010 at 10:23 AM

“lam” s/b “lame”, but it is appropriate in it’s own right

ya2daup on September 21, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Man, this lame duck session after November 2 is gonna get ugly.
Doughboy on September 21, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Ugly Duckling?

It sure ain’t going to turn into a Swan.

Chip on September 21, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Sure, take off (ya hosers)!
The American people should form a cordon around the Capitol, and House and Senate Office buildings to make sure they don’t get back in between November 3 and January 2011, when the new Congress is sworn in. After all, if you can skedaddle without having completed your work and your intentions are suspect for what you intend to do during the lame duck session, you’ve created a very good case for locking you out altogether until your terms expire.

ya2daup on September 21, 2010 at 10:23 AM

I’m liking that idea – a people’s blockade of the people’s House (and Senate).

Chip on September 21, 2010 at 10:28 AM

These should be counted as “furlough” days and their paychecks should be docked accordingly. Not that that would matter much to gazillionaires like Pelosi, but it would be the right thing to do.

Buy Danish on September 21, 2010 at 10:36 AM

They need extra rest for the lame duck session after the election.

mobydutch on September 21, 2010 at 10:38 AM

42 days until this nation runs these liberals out of office and MSNBC’s reporting a bed bug conference in Chicago!

Rovin on September 21, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Change the locks!

Christien on September 21, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Being serious here: Is there anything we can do to make sure they don’t come back in the lame duck session and run through all kinds of crazy stuff? Cap & Trade, Stimulus II, a complete overthrow of the government?

Not trying to be paranoid, but what stands between them and doing just that?

OH, and Christine O’Donnell should she win, will be seated immediately not in January. In case you didn’t know that.

UnderstandingisPower on September 21, 2010 at 10:46 AM

The up side of an extended vacation is that when they are out of washington, they can’t spend our money!

GFW on September 21, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Except that they can’t extend the Bush tax cuts if they’re adjourned. Oops, I should watch my language. They can’t extend the tax cuts from the previous administration.

If he wants to be Speaker, Boehner should speak loudly and clearly on this issue!

Steve Z on September 21, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Being serious here: Is there anything we can do to make sure they don’t come back in the lame duck session and run through all kinds of crazy stuff? Cap & Trade, Stimulus II, a complete overthrow of the government?

Filibuster everything in the Senate until January, to respect the will of the voters. If McConnell can hang on to Scott Brown and the Maine Plain Janes, the lame duck session can do no harm.

Steve Z on September 21, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Maybe a crowd should gather around the senate and house buildings to send them off with a hearty rendition of “Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Heeeeeeeeeeyyyyy, Good-Bye!”

Christien on September 21, 2010 at 10:54 AM

They should make it an extended vacation. Until about January 4, 2011.

iurockhead on September 21, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Ah, an explanation for why the market was up yesterday.

These guys have been such a disaster, any day they are out of Washington is a great day for the country. Since they love vacationing so much, let’s make it permanent for them.

CJ on September 21, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Only we know how to drive the car! – B.Obama

Wyznowski on September 21, 2010 at 11:01 AM

111th Session of the House

The slang term for 111 in bowling…is very appropriate for Nancy’s House this past year.

Brat on September 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Oh wow! Ya’ll are gunna like this one. I don’t know if everyone will agree, but I sure do. Even if someone disagrees, it’s certainly food for thought. I hope everyone gets a chance to read this before November.

We might only get one chance to bring our country back.

dnlchisholm on September 21, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Allah & Ed, please ban this spammer.

OhioCoastie on September 21, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Political scum.

rplat on September 21, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Wish they had left yesterday!

Senate is going to do enough damage today on the military spending bill that has A) the Dream Act B) repeal of the ban funding abortions at military hospitals overseas c) DADT repeal.

journeyintothewhirlwind on September 21, 2010 at 11:22 AM

I wish the fact that they are not going to be in session mattered, with this administration it just means more dirty dealings, recess appointments,EPA takeovers,Land grabs, executive orders, they are moving so quickly and destuctively I hope we have until Nov.

I don’t know who said that “Congress is Irrelevant” but it is certainly true with this Admin.

God Bless and Save this great nation.

concernedsenior on September 21, 2010 at 11:32 AM

“This session of Congress should definitely go away. It should also never come back.”

At least the liberal extremist half.

dogsoldier on September 21, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Please come out and play, Congresscritters.

The hot water you have wanted is now ready, but its no sauna… don’t mind the tea leaves floating in it, as you can read your destiny when you are in the water quite well enough.

ajacksonian on September 21, 2010 at 12:31 PM

I had a friend who worked on monetary policy in a certain Third-World basket-case of a country. At the end of the day, we would sit around, get drunk, and tell stories.

One day he was telling me he had met with the local Minister for Long Term Economic Planning and Development. The country was in a bit of a crisis because they had run out of money, and the foreign printer was demanding to be paid in hard currency, so the shipment of currency would be delayed a week. During the meeting, the Minister for Long Term Economic Planning said, “If we can just make it through next Tuesday, we’ll be fine.”

We had a pretty good laugh at that, and went on to get thoroughly drunk in the Minister’s honor. I never thought I would see the day when our betters in Washington started saying the same thing… “If we can just make it through a month from next Tuesday, we’ll be fine…”
Pathetic.

Haiku Guy on September 21, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Geeze I’d love to smack together, the heads of these fools!!!

capejasmine on September 21, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Being serious here: Is there anything we can do to make sure they don’t come back in the lame duck session and run through all kinds of crazy stuff? Cap & Trade, Stimulus II, a complete overthrow of the government?

UnderstandingisPower on September 21, 2010 at 10:46 AM

We need to keep as much pressure as possible on the Democrats.

The more shocking the size of massive Republican victories at the Federal, State and Local levels on November 2, the harder it will be for Pelosi to convince her fellow Democrats to vote for bills that will cause even more long term damage to the Democrat Party.

We need to be fighting hard for every single seat at every single level to make sure the Democrats understand that Pelosi’s policies have a negative impact on ALL Democrats.

When current Congresspeople and Senators come home to campaign, make sure surprisingly large crowds of people show up (with video cameras so they can share the experience) to make it very clear that the public is against Cap & Tax and whatever else they may try to pass in the lame duck session.

We also need to be ready to begin work on the 2012 campaigns on November 3rd to remind the Congresscritters who remain in office that they will have another tough election on the horizon if they don’t listen to their constituents.

The American People are extremely powerful when they show up, work hard, and make it perfectly clear what their opinions are.

wren on September 21, 2010 at 3:24 PM