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Sick of our do nothing congress.
Well so -- -- and so apparently are some folks in congress the house considering a bill to dot lawmakers today's paper skipping out -- vote.
There's an exception though for six days missing members -- only -- hand in an excuse note to the speaker of the house imagine that the lawmakers playing -- is no joke.
Looked the average member of congress -- nearly two and a half percent of votes.
But when they're running -- -- that goes way -- In the quarter before the 2008 election Illinois senator Barack Obama -- nearly 1980%.
Of his votes.
Senator John McCain missed all of them.
Now to be -- some lawmakers are dedicated to being there every day.
Maine senator Susan Collins hasn't missed the boat since taking office fifteen years ago this week Sheikh Yasser 5000.
She actually twisted -- ankle one time running to get to before.
Senator Chuck Grassley has an even longer street nearly 6500 -- -- all the way back to 1993.
Now I think the build -- -- lawmakers for missing votes is a step in the right direction.
Look I want my represented dirt and every single penny of that hundred set at 74000 dollar salary but here's the problem.
Even when congress is voting it doesn't mean they're actually doing any thing.
Today the house voted to repeal obamacare.
-- the 33 time they voted to take apart the president's health care program.
And everybody knows the Senate's gonna ignore what they did it look I know it's important to send -- message but after 32 votes.
-- -- -- -- -- At this point it's not legislation it's -- -- Look we criticized the president for campaigning on the taxpayer's dime but how about congress.
The voting schedule packed full of these message bills that won't ever be enacted.
That's how broken the system this and -- doesn't come cheap it cost 24 million dollars a week to run house seventeen million dollars a week for the senate.
And that adds up to an annual bill of two billion dollars just -- run congress.
Where that they passed bills or they don't pass bills.
Might just make more sense to limit their days in session and their pay big savings for taxpayers.
And even though there's a lot they have to be fixed tax from the get in the national debt -- -- -- defense cuts.
Conventional wisdom says congress won't get anything done until after November 6.
But it can do more than I have in the past week that the Civil Rights Act in 19644.
Months before the presidential election.
In 1996 welfare reform was finalized just two and a half months before the election.
These are huge issues we have on the table today we shouldn't have to wait to resolve them we need -- politics more policy.
That's what I think.
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