Exhausted by the 86 days members of the US House of Representatives have worked this year, the House is now taking a 5-week recess – a term that aptly describes the childish behavior of this Republican-controlled legislative body.
After all, Republican congressional representatives continue to throw a tantrum over Obamacare, having voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act 40 times.
By comparison, the current session of Congress has passed just 15 bills that have become law. Six of those were necessary to fix seriously flawed laws. Three were reauthorizations of previous laws. Two were disaster relief bills. One was an appropriations bill. And two were commemorative bills.
Whew! I’m exhausted just writing about it. No wonder they need a break for recess. After all, all work and no play…
And Congress is not through. When they come back to work September 9th, they will have to gut it out for another 39 days before the end of the year in order to claim their $174,000 salaries. Of course, there is additional compensation. How else would you find someone to take such an unrewarding job? Members of Congress are eligible for pensions (the average annual pension was $35,952 in 2006) and healthcare benefits, plus annual allowances for office expenses, staff, mail, and travel between their home districts and Washington, DC.
Interestingly, beginning in 2014, members of Congress will have to give up their executive healthcare plans. The only coverage available to them will be that offered through the Health Insurance Exchange created by Obamacare.
Could that be the real reason Republicans continue to vote to repeal Obamacare?