Severe storms keep Congress out of D.C.

Weather or not we want them, they’ll be baaack

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has put out the following Important Schedule Announcement, making us think there’s at least a small upside to the blizzards affecting Washington, D.C.

“Members are advised that due to the severity of the winter storm in the D.C. area, and its adverse impact on travel, we no longer expect votes in the House on Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27.

Next votes in the House are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 1. This is a change from the previously announced calendar.

Members are further advised that we expect to postpone consideration of two items originally planned for this week – H.R. 3662, Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act and the Veto Message on H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Act. These two items will now be considered the week of February 1st.”

American confidence in Congress has been in steady free fall mode for several years. According to this 2010 Gallup Poll, Congress came in lower than organized labor, newspapers and television news, HMOs and banks. By June 2014, the news was even more dismal, with Gallup reporting “historic lows,” as only 7 percent of Americans said they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress.

In July, 2015, Rasmussen Reports found most voters believe their own representatives have sold their vote and think congressional elections are rigged to benefit the incumbent. Just 14% think members of Congress almost always get reelected because they do a good job representing their constituents. Sixty-five percent (65%) think it’s because the election rules are rigged to benefit incumbents.

It wasn’t much better when Rasmussen Reports conducted another survey in Dec. 2015. Only nine percent (9%) of all voters think the average member of Congress listens to the voters he or she represents. Seventy-seven percent (77%) think the average member listens mostly to party leaders in Congress. It seems that pesky term “representative” is open to question.

The severe weather conditions have made life miserable for Americans across large swathes of the U.S.  We are not making light of the dire circumstances many in the affected areas face. It is, however, worth noting that less damage is done when congressional members are furloughed.


12 Responses to Severe storms keep Congress out of D.C.

  1. state committeeman says:

    Trent Franks and company who think Robert Graham is doing such a great job are at least not in DC stabbing us in the back for a few days.

    • AZ Conservative Guy says:

      Matt Salmon also was heaping praise on Graham. I was disgusted listening to them all lionize this egotistical, power hungry slickster.

      The liberals and McRINOs slammed Ted Cruz for “shutting down the government,” though all the takers still got their checks and the federal workers had a paid vacation.

    • Doc says:

      …you stole my thought, State Committeeman! As th’ ILLEGAL ALIENS were campin’-out in “representative” frank’s front yard, mcGrahamnesty was bar-b-quein’ with him in th’ BACK YARD! These liars need to ALL BE UNEMPLOYED!!!

      …Great Post, SRAZ!

  2. Maggie says:

    Barack Obama said during an interview that politics in America had become “meaner” than when he took office, but expressed hope that Republicans would eventually turn away from the “expression of frustration” and anger that Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz were offering to voters.

    What a great endorsement for Cruz and Trump!!

  3. Conservative Since Birth says:

    It seems that since Obama’s been in office, the GOPe has acted unusually harsh to the people who put them in office. They’re even worse than they were under GWBush. At least “comprehensive immigration reform” didn’t come to fruition during those years. But they’re now supplying the funds and letting Obama overrun the country with immigrants – legal, illegal and “refugees.” The same goes for gun control. How much is too much when they allow Obama to use executive orders to push his radical agenda.

    It’s mindboggling that the GOP is in the majority in Congress and the only people they demean are the base of their party. They don’t fight Obama. There are only two names I can think of that deserve praise for consistently working for the American people – Jeff Sessions and Dave Brat.

    My “conservative” congressman won’t make waves – he just sits back and goes along to get along and sends generic emails back when I write. Trey Gowdy was billed as a Tea Party guy who would kick behind as head of the Benghazi committee……still waiting. He’s out stumping for Marco the immigration king Rubio.

    They deserve low marks – the lower the better. They just sit and allow the soft coup we’re all watching happen to this country.

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    This allows time for the other McCain puppet, Joni Ernst, to stump for Rubio.

    Take a look at the political insight provided to the Breitbart crew by Dem strategist and Washington insider, Pat Caddell, regarding the presidential campaign.

    And if you really want to nightmares (even in the daytime), check out Judi McLeod’s lead column on today—“Vice President Obama”
    You will see that, if a Dem is elected to the WH, this idea is not far-fetched.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      So Marco Rubio is being managed by the Romney people. Does that make Rubio a “severe conservative?” Goodbye Marco.

      Pat Caddell has a lot of good insight into political campaigns. He’s smarter than most Republican strategists. He’s one who will vote for Trump over Hillary.

  5. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Our Republican leadership must have thought that “Euthanasia”
    was a new Disney film.

    • Dennis O'Brien says:

      Most thinking Americans would rather shovel their way through snowbanks than the bullshit emanating out of DC that’s being flung our way.

  6. Captain Marvel says:

    I’d gladly pay them all to stay home, regardless of the weather. I’m a conservative and not a single one of the AZ delegation represent me. Smoke and mirrors and placating words at meetings just don’t cut it with me anymore. I’ve grown past accepting their pretenses and now have the ability to scrape it all off the wall. Saturday’s bogus state meeting was the final straw. Life’s too short to waste time showing up to be lied to.

  7. jakesez says:

    Any chance we cold rent lots of snow-making machines and keep DC closed for the res of Obamas term?