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John Quincy Adams
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The Fair Tax Act
Kicking the Can - Congress was also pretty good at putting off till tomorrow what should have been done today. For example:
The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act -- which kept the government in business until October.
Really? It takes an act of Congress to do things like:
The 113th Congress in the year 2013 was certainly bad luck for the American people. This Congress broke the record of fewest bills passed set by the 80th Congress in 1947. Here's a run-down of what they did and did not do.
Separated At Birth?
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So ... will we spend 2014 the same nail-biting, back-stabbing, do-nothing way we did 2013? Or will the pending mid-term elections push Congress to find some compromises somewhere? That depends a lot on us - the voters - the people the framers counted on to keep our eyes open and make our voices heard. That's where VotersVoice.com comes in.
Specify the size of the precious-metal blanks that will be used for the commemorative National Baseball Hall of Fame coins.
The 3-month Continuing Appropriations Act -- which ended the shutdown and gave government the ability to pay its bills -- until January 2014 that is.
The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 -- which delays uncertainty till 2014.
Allow the District of Columbia to hire a CFO.
Name the I-70 bridge in St. Louis the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge."
Understand the facts of an issue.
When it comes to quick fixes, Congress only agreed on one thing.
Vote Your Conscience
Harry Reid or Mitch McConnell?
Northern Route Approval Act -- The House already passed this bill for the construction, operation and maintenance of the keystone pipeline. The Senate has put it on the calendar.
SKILLS Act (Supporting Knowledge and Investing in LifeLong Skills) -- This bill, which passed the House but sits in Senate committees, proposes job training to make American more competitive without the red tape.
The BRIDGE Act (Building and Renewing Infrastructure for Development and Growth in Employment) - This Senate bill would invest in roads, bridges and people, if it ever gets a hearing.
Minimum Wage Fairness Act - This bill brings wages up to $10.10 an hour over a 2-year period. It's on the calendar in the Senate but lost in committee in the House.
Border Security, EconomicOpportunity and Immigration Modernization Act - Despite 192 co-sponsors in the House and passage in the Senate, this bill remains in committee.
Reducing Flight Delays Act -- The minute sequestration interfered with Congressional travel schedules, the House and Senate agreed.
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