Sorry (not sorry) for the anger. Explaining the dysfunction of the US Congress to friends and relative overseas has just taken it’s toll. It’s like explaining the bad behavior of a toddler. And as someone who works with children, I’ve heard it all.
– They missed their nap
– They just do this to get attention
– They must have had too much sugar for snack
It has been 5 years since we have had a working congress although you could see the dysfunction coming years before that.
In their latest lack of leadership they missed a chance to pass a piece of gun legislation that is supported by almost 2/3rds of the American people. Just over a week after the worst mass shooting in American history, the Senate failed Monday to advance a pair of modest and popular gun violence reform measures.
One would have barred gun sales to anyone who has been on a terrorist watch list in the previous five years or who is “reasonably” suspected of posing a terrorist threat. Another would have tightened the background check system to cover the so-called gun show loophole and all internet gun sales. About 90 percent of the public favors such steps.
But neither of the proposals could get the 60 votes needed to advance. The background checks amendment failed, 44 to 56. The terrorist watch list amendment failed, 47 to 53.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saw the failure coming, and condemned it Monday, after reciting a long list of recent mass shootings. “Instead of getting help from their elected officials, our constituents see a disturbing pattern of inaction,” Reid said. “It’s always the same. After each tragedy we try, we Democrats try to pass sensible gun safety measures. Sadly, our efforts are blocked by the Republicans in Congress who take their marching orders from the National Rifle Association.”
It is an embarrassment that week after week we watch our children murdered and yet our “leaders” cannot get their shit together.
Congress- you have become a joke. You are an embarrassment. You need a timeout.