and the story of that bill was told in cartoon form…
In those magical days congress worked in the following ways.
The House would pass a bill.
If the senate didn’t like the house bill they would pass a bill of their own.
And then the two bills would go to a conference committee and the details worked out.
And then when both sides had passed bills they would work out the differences.
Now things have changed:
The House has passed a budget, the house has passed a tax bill, they have passed bills tackling the big issues of America.
The Senate has not.
They have dodged the big issues, they have punted, the one greatest deliberative body in the world has made a deliberate decision to avoid any decision that might affect their electoral futures and the country be damned.
The response to this inaction? Nobody in the media has challenged the Senate, nobody has pressured the senate, until the last few days nobody has called on the Senate to do anything.
And because the rest of America is too busy simply trying to survive when the media has blamed the house for inaction and ignored the senate the country has ignored them too and not pressured them to do anything.
Perhaps if the media called the Senate on this the people would have pressured them and we would have a bill in conference committee already.
But that is not to be, after all if the American Public is unwilling to punish the Senate for inaction there is no reason for action to take place.
And we once again get the government and the consequences we deserve.
Update: Still $525 short on the emergency Bleg, any help would be appreciated